NIH Launches Database Of Liver Injury-Linked Drugs

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | October 15, 2012

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched a database of pharmaceutical drugs associated with liver damage. The database, called LiverTox, is free for healthcare researchers and providers and has information on more than 700 pharmaceuticals, with another 300 set to be added in the coming years.

"Because drug-induced liver disease is not a single, common disease, it is very difficult to diagnose, with each drug causing a somewhat different pattern of liver damage," Jay Hoofnagle, M.D., the lead creator of LiverTox and director of the Liver Disease Research Branch at NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, said in a press release.