Open access to Drugline, - a project at department of clinical pharmacology Karolinska University Hospital in collaboration with SIDI supported by Internetfonden.

The department of Clinical Pharmacology at Karolinska University Hospital has received a grant by Internetfonden for making the database Drugline openly available. The project started in June 2012 and the aim is to launch the open version of Drugline on the 1st January 2013. The project will be done in collaboration with SIDI and the database will be accessible from the SIDI site.
Drugline is a full-text database with evaluated drug information. The database was developed in 1984 at the Drug Information Centre (Karolic), Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden. It contains questions and answers, which have been handled by the regional Drug Information Centres in Sweden, Odense (Denmark), and Turku (Finland). Karolic is responsible for the administration of Drugline. The questions in the database are patient related and concern adverse effects, drug interactions, drug therapy and drug treatment during pregnancy and lactation.
 
Drugline contains over 14 000 documents. The documents within the database are written in Swedish or English. Drugline containes approximately 35% questions and answers in English and the proportion of English documents is steadily increasing.
 
Searching in the new database will be done using the search engine Drugle. Drugle is a semantic search engine for pharmacology and medical drug information.
 
Today the database is available by subscription and the usage is therefore limited. The aim of the project is to make it openly available and thereby increase the use mainly by health care personnel.
 
Project description (in Swedish), press release (in Swedish).