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How to cite using AMA in the health sciences

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

Format, example and tips - 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.