2 resources offer education pamphlets

United States Pharmacopeia Convention (USP), Rockville, MD. A nonprofit organization that sets the standards for drug testing and developing. USP publishes a three-volume set of information on drugs.

Volume two, Advice for the Patient, is a collection of leaflets containing information on commonly used drugs that can be copied by hospital staff and distributed to patients. It costs $57, plus $14.50 for shipping and handling, and includes updates during the year. A Spanish version of volume two, Spanish Counseling Companion is available for $67, plus shipping and handling. Address: USP, P.O. Box 560, Williston, VT 05495-0560. Telephone: (800) 227-8772.

Channing L. Bete Co. in South Deerfield, MA. Publishes about 2,000 pamphlets, including a "Same-Day Surgery" coloring book for pediatric patients (catalog no. 56119, $1.60 each, with discounts for orders of more than 24 copies) and "About Having an Operation" (catalog no. 38505, $1.25 each, with discounts for orders of more than 24 copies). About 200 titles are also available in Spanish. Translation of other titles in another language is available if the materials are ordered in lots of 5,000.

The order is handled by contractors and takes four months to complete. Costs vary according to the language requested and material selected for translation. A price quote can be given in two weeks. Address: Channing L. Bete Co., 200 State Road, South Deerfield, MA 01373. Telephone: (800) 628-7733. *