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General texts:

Note: It is essential to use the most recent edition of any publication

  • British National Formulary (BNF)
  • Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) via: IPHA Medicines Compendium (www.medicines.ie) and the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) (www.hpra.ie) 
  • Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference
  • American Hospital Formulary Service Drug Information (AHFS)

Specialist texts:

Administration of Medicines:

  • Handbook of Drug Administration via Enteral Feeding Tubes (Bradnam & White) (Pharmaceutical Press)
  • The NEWT Guidelines (North East Wales NHS Trust) (Ed J Smyth)

Alternative/Herbal Medicinal Products:

  • The Natural Medicines Database
  • Stockley's Herbal Medicines Interactions (Eds Williamson E, Driver S, Baxter K) (Pharmaceutical Press)

Compatibility of medicines:

  • Handbook on Injectable Drugs (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists)
  • Micromedex

Contraception:

  • Contraception - Your Questions Answered (Guillebaud and MacGregor) (Churchill Livingstone)
  • Contraception Today (Guillebaud)
  • Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists UK (www.fsrh.org)

Drug Interactions: 

  • Stockley's Drug Interactions (Ed. Stockley) (Pharmaceutical Press)
  • Medscape Drug Interaction Checker (www.medscape.com) [free registration required]
  • UpToDate Lexicomp Drug Interaction Checker (www.uptodate.com)

Immunisation:

  • Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland (Immunisation Advisory Committee, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland)
    (www.immunisation.ie)

Liver Impairment:

  • Drugs and the Liver (Ed. Penny North-Lewis) (Pharmaceutical Press)

Paediatrics: 

  • BNF for Children (BNFC)
  • Evelina London Paediatric Formulary 
  • Neonatal Formulary (The Northern Neonatal Network) (www.neonatalformulary.com)

Palliative Care:

  • Palliative Care Formulary (Twycross et al.) (Radcliffe Medical Press)(www.palliativedrugs.com
  • A Guide to Symptom Relief in Palliative Care (Regnard & Hockley) (Radcliffe Medical Press)
  • The Syringe Driver (Dickman et al.) (Oxford University Press)
  • Palliative Medicines Information Service. Our Lady's Hospice and Care Services. (www.olh.ie)

Pregnancy &/or Lactation:

  • Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation (Briggs et al.) (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)
  • Prescribing in Pregnancy (Ed. P Rubin) (BMJ Books)
  • Drugs during Pregnancy and Lactation (Ed. Ch. Schaefer) (Elsevier Science B.V.)
  • Medications and Mothers' Milk (Hale and Rowe) (Springer Publishing)
  • UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory Service (UKDILAS) (www.sps.nhs.uk) 
  • LactMed Lactation Database (US National Library of Medicine) (www.toxnet.nlm.nih.gov)

Psychiatry:

  • The Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines (Taylor et al.) (Wiley Blackwell)
  • The Psychotropic Drug Directory (Bazire) (Lloyd-Reinhold Publications)

Renal Impairment:

  • The Renal Drug Database (www.renaldrugdatabase.com) (subscription required) 
  • Drug Prescribing in Renal Failure (Bennett et al.) (American College of Physicians)

Journals:

The NMIC has access to numerous medical and pharmaceutical journals.

Useful Links

[The NMIC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites]

Antibiotic prescribing guidelines for primary care (HSE)

Cochrane Library

DOHC - Department of Health & Children

EMA - European Medicines Agency

eMC - electronic Medicines Compendium (UK SmPCs)

Extemporaneous Database

FSRH - Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (UK)

Free Medical Journals

HPSC - Health Protection Surveillance Centre

HSE - Health Service Executive

HSE Library (registration required to access)

HPRA - Health Products Regulatory Authority

Immunisation Guidelines

IPHA - Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association

IPU - Irish Pharmaceutical Union

ICGP - Irish College of General Practitioners

LactMed Lactation Database 

MedicinesComplete Database

Medscape Drug Interaction Checker

MHRA - Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (UK)

NCPE - National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics

NHS Evidence

NICE - National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Palliative Care Formulary

Palliative Care Matters website

Primary Care Antibiotic Prescribing Guidelines

PSI - Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland

QT Drugs 

SIGN - Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory Service

UpToDate