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

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

Format, Example and Tips - Lexicomp

Drug Monograph - 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)

Drug Monograph - Examples

  1. Entanercept. In: Lexi-Drugs. Lexicomp; 2021.  Updated August 22, 2022. Accessed September 2, 2022. 
  2. Aspirin. In: Sweetman, SC, ed. Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference. Lexicomp; 2021. Updated December 15, 2021. Accessed December 20, 2021. 

Topic - Example

  1. Risk factors for COPD. In: Patient Education – Disease and Procedure. Lexicomp; 2021. Updated February 3, 2022. Accessed September 2, 2022. 


  • Lexicomp, MicroMedex, and CPS follow the same format for drug monographs.
  • Specific database title should be in italics.
  • You can obtain the “Updated date” information from the Lexicomp results page. Drug update information comes after each link to a drug in the Lexicomp results page.
  • The specific database title can be found on the Lexicomp results page.  It's in bold above each link to the drug.



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.