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First DataBank Unveils RxWeb(TM) 2.0

Added: (Fri Dec 03 1999)

Pressbox (Press Release) - First DataBank Unveils RxWeb(TM) 2.0, Providing More Functionality For Internet-Ready Drug Information and Clinical Screening

SAN BRUNO, Calif., Dec. 3 -- First DataBank has announced the release of RxWeb(TM) 2.0, a development tool designed for rapid deployment of drug information over the Internet. RxWeb 2.0 provides software developers in the field of healthcare with additional drug navigation and clinical screening functionality over version 1.0.

The new functionality in version 2.0 includes: Spanish-language patient education monographs; pediatric, geriatric, pregnancy and lactation precautions; allergy, duplicate therapy, contraindication and potential side effects screening; and maintenance of patient-specific medical conditions and drug allergies. This is in addition to the functionality carried over from version 1.0, which includes drug-drug interactions, drug-food interactions and over 1,500 patient education monographs in English.

RxWeb uses the National Drug Data File (NDDF(TM)), one of healthcare's most comprehensive and widely used sources of drug information, to provide instant Web-based access representing over 120,000 marketed drugs.

"By using Web browser technology, RxWeb will allow software developers to quickly implement our proven drug information," stated James L. Wilson, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of First DataBank. "And with the new features found in version 2.0, RxWeb will provide the most flexible way possible to implement drug information and clinical screening functionality."

By providing information in both HTML and COM object formats, RxWeb allows developers to choose the degree of customization in their Web application. "RxWeb will enable drug screening with little or no development time from day one," said Charles Harp, Director of Software Development. "Customers can also use RxWeb to build their own custom drug information Website in a short timeframe."

RxWeb can store and retrieve specific drug list information in a central database, or it can use 'cookies' to store and retrieve this information on a client's PC. RxWeb also ships with a Website that is ready to run out of the box which can easily be customized for rapid deployment.

RxWeb is designed to run on Webservers that support Active Server Pages (ASP) and requires Windows NTŪ.

The National Drug Data File is the largest and most comprehensive drug knowledge base in the world, covering every drug product approved by the FDA for use in the U.S.

First DataBank Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Hearst Corporation and a member of the Hearst Business Media Group, develops knowledge bases and software for the pharmacy, medical and nutrition marketplaces. Their products provide drug and diagnostic decision support information and nutrition analysis for hospitals, pharmacies, managed care organizations, insurance companies, physicians, dietitians, and other healthcare professionals.

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