WHAT IS TICTAC?
TICTAC is a comprehensive CD-ROM database for the visual identification of drugs
(primarily Tablets and Capsules) and substances that may resemble drugs. TICTAC
is most commonly used by healthcare and law enforcement professionals, and by the
Easy visual identification: TICTAC’s extraordinarily
versatile and easy-to-use search facilities are specifically designed to help healthcare
and law & order professionals make swift and accurate identification of tablets,
capsules and many other products from their physical appearance.
Easy descriptive identification: TICTAC’s comprehensive
database also assists the identification of drug-containing products (mostly tablets,
capsules and transdermal devices) and products that might be confused with them
(e.g. confectionery) from a physical description. TICTAC includes medicines and
65,000+ colour photos: Fully indexed and searchable,
TICTAC makes visual confirmation simple with its extensive image library of over
65,000 colour photographs.
Making a TICTAC identification: To make a TICTAC
identification, simply select from the many available options the criteria that
best describe the unknown tablet, capsule or transdermal device. TICTAC will match
your selected criteria against the contents of the database. All tablets, capsules
or transdermal devices matching your criteria will then be displayed from the image
Freedom to experiment: With TICTAC – because the
search process is so rapid and because pictures of the products found are presented
for visual confirmation almost instantaneously – you can experiment with different
search strategies cost-effectively and without wasting time.
WHAT TICTAC SUBSCRIBERS RECEIVE…
TICTAC is provided as a CD-ROM — updated quarterly to keep abreast of changes. Annual
- Four updated versions of the TICTAC CD-ROM.
- Confidential Telephone Support from the toxicologist John Ramsey at St Georges Medical
School, University London.
- TICTAC User Manual.
- Access to the subscriber-only website (TICTAC On-line), updated as often as daily
with new products.
- Regular issues of TICTAC News.
- Subscribing pharmaceutical companies also benefit from a guarantee that all the
products they submit to the eMC will be included within TICTAC.
TICTAC contains information on all of the products contained within the database.
Other dose forms are included where identification is possible from a physical description.
Information is held on ethical, generic, over-the-counter medicines as well as illicit
drugs increasingly being sold as tablets (e.g. ecstasy). In addition, information
is held on human, veterinary and confectionery products that might be confused with
medicines. Herbal and homeopathic products are included as well. There is also a database
of the designs on the paper doses of LSD.
Key TICTAC features
Comprehensive data on…
- tablets, capsules and transdermal device patches
- illicit products
- branded and generic products
- herbal products
- veterinary products
confectionery that might be confused with drugs
- Detailed video clips — ideal for inclusion in training programmes
- Links to Summaries of Product Characteristics (SPCs), which contain information
on medicines including:
- Side effects
- Dosage of medicines
- Pictorial monographs on illicit drugs
- Thesaurus of slang terms for drugs
- 24,478 products
- 3,630 drugs
- 1,081 companies
- 65,000 images
- 109 drug monographs
- Over 4,146 slang terms