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NHS Scotland Medicines Information Resources


      Managing knowledge to support the patient journey


     1. Subscription Databases

     2. Free Databases

     3. Journals

     4. Books

     5. Free websites

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                         1. Subscription Databases
The following databases can be accessed from the ‘Databases’ link on the e-Library

Consumers and patients are increasingly more interested in complementary and alternative
medicine (CAM) therapies. As a result, clinicians in traditional healthcare settings are being
asked more questions about these therapies. To support this interest and help answer these
questions, MICROMEDEX has developed the Complementary & Alternative Medicine
(CAM) Series, a reliable, comprehensive source of scientifically based information for
complementary and alternative medicines and practices. One of the databases within the
CAM Series, AltMedDex provides clinically focused information about herbal, vitamin,
mineral, and other dietary supplements.

Use ATHENS username and password.

Designed to deliver unbiased drug information for those who prescribe, order, dispense, or
administer medications, DRUGDEX provides independently reviewed data gathered from the
world’s medical literature. FDA-approved and investigational drugs, along with
nonprescription and non-U.S. preparations, are covered with regard to dosage,
pharmacokinetics, cautions, interactions, clinical applications, and comparative drug efficacy.

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DRUG-REAX is a US based interactive drug interactions program developed by
MICROMEDEX, which allows clinicians to check for interacting drug ingredients, their
effects, and clinical significance. It provides drug-drug (including additive adverse effects),
drug-food, drug-disease, drug-ethanol, drug-tobacco, drug-alternative medicine, and drug-
laboratory interactions, along with previous allergic reactions. DRUG-REAX System
information is drug specific rather than class-specific, which helps more accurately interpret
interaction data. The System contains a dictionary of more than 8,000 unique drug terms, and
distinguishes between trade names and equivalent generic names, eliminating possible
duplication of interaction data on the screen. Any number of drugs may be entered. Up to 128
concurrent clinical conflicts can be reviewed. In addition, the response speed of this database
demonstrates no detectable degradation in data retrieval as the number of drugs being
screened increases.

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A major biomedical and pharmaceutical database covering the following fields: drug
research, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, toxicology, clinical and experimental human
medicine, health policy and management, public health, occupational health, environmental
health, drug dependence and abuse, psychiatry, forensic medicine, and biomedical
engineering/instrumentation. Widely used biomedical and pharmaceutical databases because
of its currency and in-depth indexing. Coverage: 1980 - current. Access is available to NHS
affiliated staff and students from all sectors.

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Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference
This electronic version of the highly respected Martindale reference book from the
Pharmaceutical Press, London, UK offers extensive unbiased, evaluated information on drugs
and related substances used worldwide. System enhancements allow quick, easy searching for
pharmacological and therapeutic data, synonyms, and manufacturers’ brand names.

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MD Consult
MD Consult contains over 40 Elsevier journals, Mosby Year Books, Clinics of North
America, over 40 of the world’s most renowned reference books, patient education handouts,
practice guidelines, educational resources, software for your PDA and much more. Clinicians
search the entire database with a single easy-to-use and fast MEDLINE search in order to get
authoritative answers. There is no other way to consult a multiple sources of medical
literature this fast. We trust that your usual discretion will be used with regard to the patient
handouts, which have not been validated by NHS Scotland, and with the practice guidelines
which are largely American in origin.

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MEDLINE is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's (NLM) premier bibliographic database
covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care
system, and the preclinical sciences. Coverage: 1966 - current. Access is available to NHS
affiliated staff and students from all sectors.

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Stockley’s Drug Interactions
Stockley’s Drug Interactions, by Dr Ivan Stockley, is the world’s most detailed and extensive
international reference source on drug interactions, covering prescribed, non-prescription and
herbal medicines, foods, drinks, pesticides and some drugs of abuse.

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                                2. Free Databases
The BNF provides UK healthcare professionals with authoritative and practical information
on the selection and clinical use of medicines in a clear, concise and accessible manner.

Clinical Evidence
A continually updated international source of the best available evidence. It provides a
concise account of the evidence on the prevention and treatment of a wide range of clinical
conditions, based on thorough searches and appraisal of the literature. Updated monthly

                                      3. Journals
Listed below is a list of pharmacy-related electronic journals that you can access through the
‘Journals’ link on the e-Library homepage.

Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Drug safety (continued as Drug investigation)
Inpharma weekly
Paediatric Drugs
Pharmaceutical Journal (free access)
Reactions weekly

                                        4. Books
Listed below is a list of -related electronic books that you can access through the ‘Books’ link
on the e-Library homepage.

Neonatal formulary 3
Hey (3rd Edition. 2000)
Provider : NET Library
Use Athens password

UCL hospitals injectable drug administration guide
Shulman, Drayan, Harries (1998)
Provider : NET Library
Use Athens password

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                                 5. Free Websites
Drug and Therapeutics bulletin
Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB) is published by Consumers' Association. It provides
rigorous and independent evaluations of individual treatments and overall management of
disease for doctors, pharmacists, nurses and other healthcare professionals. DTB also
produces similar information for patients in the form of Treatment Notes. And there will soon
be fully web-enabled versions of DTB and Treatment Notes too. This is a subscription only

electronic Medicines Compendium
The electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC) provides free access to up-to-date,
comprehensive and reliable information about prescription and over-the-counter medicines in
the UK. It includes electronic Data Sheets, and Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC)
and Patient Information Leaflets (PIL) supplied by researchers to the Medicines and
Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). There are simple, free text and sections
search facilities. The eMC is provided by Datapharm Communications Ltd, a non-profit
company set up by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI).

MeReC Bulletin
The MeReC Bulletin was first published in the early 1990s and is now in its fourteenth
volume. Since 2001, it has been produced six times a year. It is distributed free of charge to
GPs and pharmacists in England and Wales, and is most often used to update knowledge and
inform prescribing practice. The MeReC Bulletin focuses on clinical and therapeutic topics
and supports the work programme of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).

MeReC Extra
The MeReC Extra is a new addition to the MeReC portfolio and has been available since
2001. It addresses current issues, questions and controversies by providing brief updates and
overviews on recent key clinical papers and guidelines that could influence or change
practice. Between two and four topics will be covered in each quarterly issue on two sides of
A4. This concise and easy to read publication will allow the reader to become informed
quickly on 'hot topics', and will act as a signpost for readers who wish to find out more.
MeReC Extras are available in full text from 2001 onwards.

Monitoring safety and quality of medicines: Current Problems in Pharmacovigilance
Drug safety bulletin of the Medicines and Healthcare products regulatory agency (MHRA).

Pharmaceutical Journal
Freely available to registered pharmacists in Gret Britain. Access from September 1999 to

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A subscription only database. Pharm-line- the database for pharmacy practice and prescribing.
Started in 1978 as a co-operative venture between UK regional medicines information
centres, Pharm-line is a bibliographic database on pharmacy practice and the clinical use of
drugs which now comprises about 155,000 abstracts from major English language
pharmaceutical and medical journals. About 11,000 new records are added each year. This
database is not accessible using your Athens username and password, however you may
use the trial version of Pharm-line, FREE of charge, which gives you access to 12
months of abstracts.

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