Q. How do I cite / reference product information sheets in APA style? I'm referring to the little information sheets that often come in prescription or over-the-counter drug boxes.
First, remember that an APA reference is always composed of four elements:
- Author: Who created the work? It can be an individual or a group author.
- Date: When was the work published?
- Title: What is the name of the work?
- Source: What information is needed to retrieve the work?
Elements within the reference entry:
Author. (Date). Title. Source.
In the case of a pharmaceutical insert or information sheet, the author would likely be the distributor or pharmaceutical company, which should be provided on the insert. If a date is given on the insert, provide the date next. If no date is available, input (n.d.). The title of the insert will be provided next; it will likely be situated at the top of the insert sheet. Lastly, the source/publication information is provided; often for these inserts the source is the pharmaceutical company.
Here is an example from a printed insert:
Shionogi Pharma. (2010). Ulesfia Lotion: Highlights of prescribing information. Author.
Here is an example from a website:
Shionogi Pharma. (2010). Ulesfia Lotion: Highlights of prescribing information.
In-text citation for both reference entries:
(Shionogi Pharma, 2010)