Filing forensics

Analysts initiate less mainstream databases for law enforcement use

     The database is maintained by RxList, which is part of WebMD, a publicly traded company headquartered in New York City. WebMD spokeswoman Kate Hahn explains that hosts two bodies of drug information; one from the FDA and the other from First Data Bank (FDB), a private company. The database, updated monthly, provides prescribing information, such as approved uses, dosing and precautions. Drug information is available for free at Readers can contact RxList through its Web site under the "About RxList" with questions.


     The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is proposed to be an online database of the titular information, an effort that was launched in July 2007 by the Office of Justice Programs. NamUs, to be located at, is anticipated to help identify the 1,000 decedents (according to OJP's Bureau of Justice Statistics) that remain unidentified each year. NamUs is planned to have two databases, one for unidentified decedents and the other for missing persons reports. According to the National Institute of Justice Web site, NamUs will be in its second phase through the end of September 2008, developing the missing persons database and will then move on to release its fully searchable database sometime next year.

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