The National Medicines Information Centre (NMIC) aims to promote the safe, effective and efficient use of medicines. This is enabled via a clinical enquiry answering service, the publication of information outputs and education.
Evidence-based information is provided to prescribers on a range of topics including:
Through the clinical enquiry answering service, the National Medicines Information Centre (NMIC) team provides evidence-based information and advice to prescribers on all aspects of the therapeutic use of medicines including indications, drug interactions and drug use in pregnancy/lactation. The NMIC’s team of pharmacists and doctors are trained in information retrieval and analysis and use a range of information sources including specialist texts, information databases and primary journals.
The NMIC produces many publications, including a therapeutics bulletin and a monthly newsletter called Therapeutics Today. Both publications are available online and by email to individual healthcare professionals.
In addition to this, the NMIC has an educational role in promoting safe and effective use of medicines. This is demonstrated through involvement in teaching to medical and pharmacy undergraduate and postgraduate students, GP trainees and non-consultant hospital doctors.
The NMIC service is available to all prescribers. The service can be contacted by telephone, email or post.
Members of the public with enquiries about the use of medicines should speak to their GP or community pharmacist.