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How to cite using AMA in the Health Sciences: CPS (drug or topic)

This guide covers the basics of the American Medical Association's (AMA) citation style.

CPS (drug or topic)

Elements to include and formatting

Drug Name. In: Specific database title. Publisher. Publication date (if available). Updated date. Accessed date. URL (no period after the URL)

Example (drug)

  1. Aricept/Aricept DT. In: CPS. Canadian Pharnacists Association. Updated December 18, 2014. Accessed September 2, 2022.

Example (topic - from the PMA, found via CPS)

  1. Kendrick J. Allergic rhinitis. In: Products for Minor Ailments. Canadian Pharmacists Association. Updated March 16, 2022. Accessed September 2, 20222.


  • Lexicomp, MicroMedex, and CPS follow the same format for drug monographs.
  • Specific database title should be in italics.


Questions about the AMA Manual of Style? 

Contact the librarians at the
NJM Health Sciences Library
200 level, Brodie Centre

The content and design of this page was copied and adapted from the guide "AMA Style: the Basics for Pharmacy Writing" written and developed by Caitlin Carter, University of Waterloo Library.