Emergency: 911
Telecare: 811
Poison: 1-800-565-8161
5850/5980 University Ave., Halifax, NS B3K 6R8

IWK Drug Information


Read the memo about the IWK Infectious Disease-approved recommendations for amoxicillin dosing while the penicillin-V suspension is back ordered here.

Click here to read the latest information on the management of infants with reflux from the IWK Pharmacy and GI teams. This information is for health professionals not families.

Knowledge is the Best Medicine!

Seven of Canada’s leading health care organizations have joined together to launch new electronic tools to help Canadians use their medications safely and appropriately.

They include a free new iPhone and iPad app, MyMedRec, and website which have been developed by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada with input from Canadian patient groups and health care provider organizations.

Pharmacists can review and share this tool with patients.


Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists

Dalhousie College of Pharmacy Drug Information Resources

Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia


Here are some suggested free, on-line resources that may help you find the answer you are looking for:

CAUTION: This information has been developed specifically for the IWK Health Centre. It is provided for informational purposes for qualified health care professionals. This material is not intended as a substitute for consulting qualified health care professionals. Patient situations will vary and some information may have become outdated as a result of more recent evidence or practice changes. The IWK Health Centre will not assume responsibility for the continued currency of the information, any errors or omissions, and/or any consequences arising from the use of the information outside of the IWK. 

MGH Center for Women's Mental Health - a perinatal and reproductive psychiatry information center

Canadian Pediatric Society – Position Statements and Guidelines

Pediatric Pharmacotherapy – a monthly newsletter from the University of Virginia

LactMed - A peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed from the US National Library of Medicine. There is a free app available from iTunes.

Infant Risk - The Infant Risk Center at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is based solely on evidence-based medicine and research. Executive Director:  Thomas Hale

Neonatal Formulary – a UK website that accompanies the book but does not repeat the text of the book

Motherisk – from Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children

Bugs and Drugs – Canadian reference for Infectious Diseases

Canadian Immunization Guide – from the Public Health Agency of Canada

BC Cancer Agency – health professional drug index

TRIP database - a clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice

For questions relating to poisons and antidotes please contact the Regional Poison Centre or call 1-800-565-8161. 

External Guidance for Ranitidine Recall