FDA updates online drug approval database

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday launched an updated web-based version of the "Orange Book" — the agency's publication that lists all drug approvals on the basis of safety and efficacy.

The Orange Book, formerly known as the Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations, was first published in 1980.

The updated website features a new design with more user-friendly search options and marks the first major revision to the site since it hit the web in 1997.

Users can now search approved drugs by active ingredient, proprietary name, applicant number, dosage, route of administration or patent number.

Physicians and members of the regulatory community commonly refer to the Orange Book to identify safe drug substitutes.

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