The Canadian standard for drug monographs developed by manufacturers, approved by Health Canada and optimized by CPhA editors. CPS contains thousands of products including drugs, vaccines, natural health, and medical devices. Monographs include Information for Patient handouts written in plain language and full-colour product photos.
The CPS also includes CPhA monographs written by the CPhA and reviewed by expert physicians and pharmacists. An example of a CPhA monograph is:
CPhA Monograph on cannabis - Clinicians will know how cannabis fits in a patient’s medication management, along with warnings, drug interactions, and side effects. The monograph also includes warnings regarding use in children, pregnancy, and breastfeeding.
Library staff cannot look up information on this database for non-college users.
Winnipeg residents can also access the RxTx Database at Winnipeg Public Library. RxTx has similar features, such as monographs and pill finders. More information can be found here https://guides.wpl.winnipeg.ca/rxtxguide
CPS Full Access is a subscription database published by the Canadian Pharmaceutical Association. If you are interested in a personal subscription, please contact the CPhA for more information.
There are two ways to find drug monographs - we can search by drug name or keyword that would be found in a monograph OR we can browse a list of drug monographs and select the one we want to view. To search for drug monographs...
1. Go to the drug search:
2. Start to type a drug name into the search box. Search by:
You will notice that the search is predictive and will offer suggestions to keywords and documents.
Multiple documents may appear for a drug if there is more than one manufacturer (as seen in the example)
3. Click on the document to skip Search results and go directly to a document. OR
4. Click Search to go to the Search Results page (More about Search Results)
You can browse the list of Drug Monographs for your desired document.
1. Click Drugs/Conditions > Drug Monographs to
access the browse list
2. Scroll the list and select the monograph you want to view.
Use the Alphabet links to jump ahead.
Browse also has a FIND feature.