Drug Information Service (DI) as a pharmacist's practice has a history of at least 30 years. The drug information education in the school of pharmacy that supports it, however, is not sufficient and needs to be greatly elevated to a full-fledged curriculum of education in pharmacy. Facing this situation, the Japanese Society of Drug Informatics carried out a survey of drug information education in the schools of pharmacy in Japan: as a result, it prepared a “drug information educational curriculum.” This is a very useful guideline on how to teach drug information in the education of pharmacists. As information science education, it requires information literacy in to be taught early classes and in drug information education after clinical education. Such an educational system would support the pharmaceutical profession with a foundation of pharmaceutical care.
We pharmaceutical wholesalers must respond to the various needs of customers engaged in medicine, especially to the increasing demand for medical supply information. This paper first discusses the current situation of the pharmaceutical information activities of wholesalers, focusing on examples in the publishing of monthly and weelky journals, in CD-ROMs, and in Internet services. It then proposes a reinvestigation of insert sheets. In conclusion, the paper describes a new information activity of whole-salers called “postmarketing surveillance.”