Pharmacy and Pharmacology

MIMS | MedSafe Medicine Data Sheets | NZ Pharmaceutical Schedule | NZ Formulary | NZ Formulary for Children | NZ Universal List of Medicines

MIMS

Lists drugs available in New Zealand.

Online: MIMS Gateway
Print: QV748 N532
  • Click Connect; enter drug name (generic or trade) in the search box
  • If you enter a generic name, all NZ-available products containing the generic ingredient are listed; click a product name to see brief details (indications, dosage, adverse reactions etc) and some NZ specific details (available dosage forms, NZ$ costs, Pharmac subsidy and restrictions)
  • If you enter a trade name, only products with that trade name are listed; click a product name to see details as above
  • Under Drug Interactions, click View more... for full interaction details
  • Links to other information sources are given, including: MedSafe Data Sheets; NZ Formulary and NZ Formulary for Children information on the generic ingredient; patient information leaflets
  • Also includes Company Index (details on local drug companies); Clinical Calculators; etc
  • If drug is not available in New Zealand, there is no MIMS entry
  • Look up a drug (generic or trade/proprietary name) in the index
  • See How to use MIMS section in the book, information in the print version differs from that in MIMS Gateway
  • Includes sections on: Travel precautions, guideline summaries for major chronic conditions, etc

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MedSafe Medicine Data Sheets

MedSafe (NZ Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority) investigates and approves drugs for use in NZ. Manufacturers provide a detailed Data Sheet for each approved drug.

Online: MedSafe
  • Click I want to ... find a medicine data sheet
    • Type drug name (generic or trade) in the search box
    • Select Ingredient Name (i.e., generic) or Trade Name from the dropdown
    • Click Search
  • Results show a list of trade names; click one to reach its Data Sheet
  • Details include: Indications; dosage; warnings and precautions; etc. May include details of excipients (inactive ingredients) and a structure diagram/chemical formula
  • If the drug is not available in New Zealand - "No Medicines were found ..."
  • Data Sheet preparation date is given at end

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New Zealand Pharmaceutical Schedule

Pharmac (New Zealand's Pharmaceutical Management Agency) decides whether a drug available in New Zealand will receive a full, partial or no subsidy. The Schedule lists only those drugs with a full or partial subsidy.

Online: Pharmac Schedule
Print: QV738 N532p
  • Type a drug name (generic or trade) in the search box, select Community schedule
  • Generic name: shows all formulations containing that ingredient
  • Trade name: shows formulations known by that name
  • Details include: Dosage forms/strengths; $NZ subsidy plus full price (in brackets) if a partial subsidy; number of doses supplied at that price (e.g., 30 = 30 tablets / capsules / other formulations); a tick next to drug name indicates full subsidy (no tick indicates partial subsidy - check difference between $NZ subsidy and full price)
  • Browse for broad classes of drugs via online or PDF version of the Schedule (links at bottom right of homepage)
  • Look up a drug (generic or trade/brand name) in the index
  • Details are the same as online

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New Zealand Formulary

Based on the latest version of the British National Formulary, adapted for New Zealand use.

Online: NZ Formulary
  • Click Browse the online version (or Download in e-book format)
  • Browse for drugs in broad categories of disease, or search a drug name (generic or trade)
  • Details include: Indications; adverse effects; dose, pregnancy/breastfeeding; subsidy; legal classification; etc

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New Zealand Formulary for Children

Complements NZ Formulary, designed to help New Zealand healthcare professionals select safe, effective medicines for children.

Online: NZ Formulary for Children
  • Browse for drugs in broad disease categories, or search a drug name (generic or trade)
  • Details include: Indications; dose; administration; adverse effects; subsidy; etc

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New Zealand Universal List of Medicines

Covers all medicines approved in New Zealand, plus products listed in PHARMAC's Pharmaceutical Schedule which fall outside this category and medicines imported under Section 29 of the Medicines Act.

Online: NZ Universal List of Medicines
  • Type a drug name (generic or trade) in the search box
  • Details include: Is medicine approved in NZ; restrictions and conditions; subsidy details; etc

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Micromedex | Martindale | AHFS (American Hospital Formulary Service) | Australian Medicines Handbook | Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook | BNF (British National Formulary) | RxList | DrugBank

Micromedex

Comprehensive international drug information; includes Drugdex (drug information) and Poisindex (toxicology).

Online: Micromedex
  • Click Connect: type a drug name (generic or trade) in the search box
  • Generic name: goes to the Quick Answers tab, click In-Depth Answers for complete information. Or, if the drug has different formulations (e.g., oral/intravenous; potassium/sodium salt) first goes to a page with links to each formulation, click the one you want to reach the Quick Answers/In-Depth Answers tabs
  • Trade name: gives a trade name list with links to generic names; click a generic name to reach the Quick Answers/In-Depth Answers tabs
  • Left-hand menu in each tab includes:
    • Topics e.g.: Dosing/Administration; Medication Safety; Pharmacokinetics; etc
    • An extensive References section
  • Toxicology/toxicity information is in the Micromedex Poisindex module, see Toxicology under the Drug Properties tab in this Guide

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Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference

Comprehensive international drug information.

Online (1): Martindale via OvidSP
Online (2): Martindale via Best Practice
Print: QV738 M384 2014
  • Click e-Book OVID link at right
  • Type a drug name (generic or trade) in the search box, click Current Book button
  • Result list shows occurrences of that drug name in Martindale
  • Click the Ovid Full Text link (at right) for any result showing
  • Either: brief details appear, showing the generic name (under Active Ingredients); click the arrow & page icon for full details
  • Or: you may be taken straight to the full details
  • Details include: Adverse effects; absorption and fate; uses and administration; and selected references
  • Molecular structure diagram often included
  • Preparations section lists trade names for the drug in various countries
  • Click Connect; at top right, click Resources > Drug Database
  • Type a drug name (generic or trade) in the search box
  • A list of generic names appears, click the one you want
  • Opens entry for that name in Martindale via the Medicines Complete service on Best Practice
  • Same details as in the OvidSP version (see description at left)
  • Look up a drug (generic, trade, or broad drug class name) in the General Index (Volume B)
  • Generic name: the General Index gives the page/column number in Volume A where full details appear
  • Trade name: the General Index gives a page/column number in Volume B's Preparations index where you find the generic name and the page/column number in Volume A where full details appear
  • Details are the same as online

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AHFS Drug Information (American Hospital Formulary Service)

Comprehensive information on drugs available in the USA

Online: AHFS
Print: QV740 A285
  • Click MedicinesComplete link at right
  • Type a drug name (generic or trade) in the search box
  • Generic name: results show the best generic name match first, click a link for full details
  • Trade name: the first use of that name in the generic document is highlighted, scroll up to the top of the document
  • Details include: Uses; dosage and administration; cautions; drug interactions; pharmacology; etc
  • Look up a drug (generic or trade name) in the index
  • Details are the same as online

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Australian Medicines Handbook

Independent source of Australian drug information.

Online: ClinicalKey
Print: QV738 A938

(ClinicalKey uses Australian Medicines Handbook for its drug details)

  • Type generic drug name in the search box - do not use a trade name when searching for drug monographs
  • Click on the title of the appropriate Drug Monograph (if available)

 

  • Look up drug name (generic or trade/proprietary) in the index
  • One or more page numbers are given
  • Details include: Mode of action; indications and contraindications; adverse effects; dosage; formulations available; etc

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Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook

From the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

Print: QV740 P536 2012
  • Look up a drug name (generic or trade/proprietary) in the index
  • One or more page numbers are given; lead to a clinical monograph
  • Details include: Advisory labels; dosage ranges; pharmacokinetic data; etc

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British National Formulary (BNF)

Lists drugs available in the United Kingdom.

Online: BNF
Print: QV740 B862
  • Click MedicinesComplete link at right
  • Type a drug name (generic or trade) in the Search drug or interaction box (at top)
  • One of the first few results usually links to the main details
  • Details include: Indications; cautions; contra-indications; side effects; dose; availability and costs for trade names in the United Kingdom; etc
  • Table of Contents (on the landing page) includes links to: Prescribing guidance topics; appendices on topics such as Liver disease, Pregnancy, etc
  • Look up a drug name (generic or trade) in the index
  • Details are the same as online (see How to use the BNF section at front)
  • See Table of Contents for: Prescribing guidance topics; appendices on topics such as Liver disease, Pregnancy, etc

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RxList

The Internet Drug Index.

Online: RxList
  • Type a drug name (generic or trade) in the search box (top of screen)
  • Generic name: gives a list of trade names for formulations containing that generic ingredient
  • Trade name: gives a listing only for that version of the drug
  • Click on link(s) for the trade name(s) of interest
  • Details include: Drug description; indications; dosage & administration; side effects; mode of action; pharmacodynamics; etc

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DrugBank

Chemical, pharmacological, pharmaceutic, sequence, structure and pathway information.

Online: DrugBank
  • Type a drug name in the search box
  • In the results, click the drug name you want to get full details
  • Details include: Drug data (i.e., chemical, pharmacological, pharmaceutical) and drug target information (i.e., sequence, structure, pathway)

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Books | Pharmacopoeias

Books

Selected core texts: Pharmacy | Pharmacology | Additional

Pharmacy
  • Aulton & Taylor (eds). Aulton’s pharmaceutics; the design... 5th ed. 2018
    QV785 A924 2018
  • Dipiro. Pharmacotherapy: a pathophysiologic approach. 10th ed. 2017
    WB330 D596 2017
  • Florence & Attwood. Physicochemical principles of pharmacy. 5th ed. 2011
    QV744 F632 2011 (also available online)
  • Rees, Smith & Watson (eds). Pharmaceutical practice. 5th ed. 2014
    QV778 W768 2014
  • Sinko (ed). Martin’s physical pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences... 7th ed. 2017
    QV744 M379 2017
  • Wells (ed). Pharmacotherapy handbook. 10th ed. 2017
    WB39 W453 2017
Medicines Complete
Online collection of 13 pharmacy books. Search all books together or individually.
  • The Search drug name or interaction box (top right) defaults to All Publications; type search words here
  • To search a specific book:
    • Type search words in the Search drug name or interaction box and choose book from the drop down
    • Or click book icon in the Publications section to search/browse its contents
  • Each book can also be accessed via the Catalogue
Pharmacology
  • Boelsterli. Mechanistic toxicology: the molecular basis... 2nd ed. 2009 
    QV602 B67 2009
  • Coleman. Human drug metabolism... 2nd ed. 2010
    QV38 C69 2010
  • Rang and Dales' pharmacology. 7th ed. 2012
    QV4 R196 2012
Additional
  • Other e-book collections
  • Many books and e-books are listed under other tabs in this guide
  • Use the Catalogue to find books and e-books on a drug or class of drugs
  • At Philson Library, call numbers at QV cover pharmacology and pharmacy; those at WB330 cover therapeutic use of drugs

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Pharmacopoeias

 
British Pharmacopoeia

Monographs giving legal standards for the quality of United Kingdom medicinal, herbal and homeopathic substances, excipients and formulated preparations, plus all monographs of the European Pharmacopoiea. Includes supporting General Notices, Infrared Reference Spectra, and Appendices (reagents, full range of test methods, etc).

Online: British Pharmacopoeia
Print: QV738 B862
  • For the current year, click As Published or Updated (three annual updates)
  • Click a tab - Browse (browse through a volume); Search (type a drug /substance name); A-Z Index (look up a drug/substance name); My BP (create/access a personal account)
  • Details include: definition; characters; identification; tests; assay; storage requirements; molecular structure diagrams; etc
  • Click Help for more details
  • Look up a drug/substance name in the index to find volume/page numbers
  • Details are the same as online
European Pharmacopoeia

Monographs from the European Pharmacopoiea provide recognised common standards for the quality of medicines and their components across the 37 member states of the Council of Europe. The monographs are also included in British Pharmacopoeia.

Print: QV738 E897 2017
  • Look up a drug/substance name in the index to find page numbers
International Pharmacopoeia

WHO recommendations aimed at global uniformity of quality specifications for selected pharmaceuticals, excipients, and dosage forms.

Online: International Pharmacopoeia
  • Type a drug/substance name in the search box
  • Results show links to documents containing that drug/substance name
United States Pharmacopeia

Establishes standards for US medicines, food ingredients, dietary supplements and ingredients.

Print: QV738 U58
  • Look up a drug/substance name in the index to find volume/page numbers
  • Includes the National Formulary for the US

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Full list of library databases for Pharmacy and Pharmacology.

Side Effects | Drug Interactions | Mode Of Action | Toxicology | Chemical Structure Diagrams

  • Resources listed under Key NZ and Key international may also contain information on these drug properties
  • You may search a database to find journal articles on these drug properties - see Key databases under Articles

Side Effects

Also called adverse effects or adverse reactions.

Meyler's Side Effects of Drugs
Online: Meyler's
Print: QV38 M613 2006
  • Generic and drug class names are listed
  • Click a drug or drug class name (for html full text), or the PDF link
  • Details may include: general information; effects on organs and systems; effects of route of administration; interactions with other drugs; list of references; etc
  • Look up a generic drug name in the Index of drug names, or an adverse reaction in the Index of adverse reactions
  • Details are the same as online

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Drug Interactions

 
Stockley's Drug Interactions
Online: Stockley’s Drug Interactions
Online: Stockley's
Print: QV38 S865 2016
  • Click link to MedicinesComplete at right
  • Follow the Getting Started details on screen.
  • Read Before using this publication (p. vii), and details at the top of the Index (p. 1473)
Stockley's Herbal Medicines Interactions
Online: Stockley's Herbal Medicines Interactions
  • Click link to MedicinesComplete at right
  • Follow the Getting Started details on screen
Australian Medicines Handbook
Online: via ClinicalKey
Print: QV738 A938
  • Type generic drug name in the search box
  • Click on the title of the appropriate Drug Monograph (if available)
  • Note: do not use a trade name when searching for drug monographs
  • Look for the statement For drug interactions see [drug name] (not always available)
  • Look up drug name (generic or trade/proprietary) in the index
  • When you reach the drug details, check beneath the drug name - For drug interactions see [drug name page no.]
  • You may also browse Appendix B (where interactions are listed)
Drug Interaction Facts
Print: QV38 T219 2013
  • Read How to use... (p. xi), and details at the top of the Index (p. 2123)
  • Interactions are given a severity rating (1-5)
Cytochrome P450 Drug Interactions
Online: via Indiana University website
  • On the website homepage, scroll down to find the Quicklinks section
  • Click the link to P450 Drug interactions
  • Check the overview, then click the link to Cytochrome P450 Drug Interaction Table (PDF Format)

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Mode Of Action

Also called mechanism of action or pharmacological action.

Micromedex
Online: Micromedex
  • Type a drug name (generic or trade) in the search box
  • Generic name: gives a page with links to View Detailed Document or View Summary Document
  • Trade name: gives a list with links to the generic name; click a generic name to reach the page with links to View Detailed Document or View Summary Document
  • Click View Detailed Document for the full Drugdex Evaluations document
  • In the menu at left, click the link to Mechanism of Action/Pharmacology
MedSafe Medicine Data Sheets
Online: MedSafe
  • Click I want to ... find a medicine data sheet
  • Type a drug name (generic or trade) in the search box
  • Select either Ingredient Name (i.e., generic) or Trade Name from the dropdown; click Search
  • Results show a list of trade names; click one to reach its Data Sheet
  • Look for headings such as Actions, Mechanism of Action, Pharmacodynamics
RxList
Online: RxList
  • Type a drug name (generic or trade) in the search box (top of screen)
  • Generic name: gives a list of trade names for formulations containing that generic ingredient
  • Trade name: gives a listing only for that version of the drug
  • Click on link(s) for the trade name(s) of interest
  • In the menu at left, click the link to Clinical Pharmacology
  • Look for subheadings such as Actions, Mechanism of Action, Pharmacodynamics
Australian Medicines Handbook
Online: ClinicalKey
Print: QV738 A938

(The ClinicalKey database uses Australian Medicines Handbook for its drug details)

  • Type generic drug name in the search box - do not use a trade name when searching for drug monographs
  • Click on the title of the appropriate Drug Monograph (if available)
  • Look for the heading Mode of Action
  • Look up drug name (generic or trade/proprietary) in the index
  • One or more page numbers is given
  • Details include mode of action

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Toxicology

Poisindex (part of Micromedex)

Helps identify, manage, and treat toxicological exposures, providing information on clinical effects and a range of toxicity and treatment protocols.

Online: Micromedex
  • Type a drug name (generic or trade) in the search box
  • Generic name: gives a page with links to View Detailed Document or View Summary Document
  • Trade name: gives a list with links to the generic ingredient name; click the generic name you want to see the View Detailed/View Summary page
  • Scroll down to find and click on the heading Toxicology and Exposure Information which shows links to one or more topics - click on a topic to go to its ToxPoints summary information
  • Click the View detailed information in POISINDEX button for full details

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Chemical Structure Diagrams

Also known as molecular structure diagrams.

British Pharmaceopoeia
Online: British Pharmacopoeia
Print: QV738 B862
  • For the current year, click As Published or Updated (three annual updates)
  • Click a tab - Browse (browse through a volume); Search (type a generic drug name); A-Z Index (look up a drug/substance name)
  • Chemical structure diagrams are found in entries from volumes I and II
  • Look up a generic drug name in the index to find volume/page numbers
  • Details include chemical structure diagram
Merck Index
Online: Merck Index
Print: QV772 M555 2013
  • Type drug name (generic or trade) in the search box
  • Generic name: brief details show, including chemical structure. For more, click drug name
  • Trade name: Click drug name for details including chemical structure
  • Check ChemSpider links also
  • Look up a drug name (generic or trade) in the index
  • Chemical structure diagram is included with each entry

Note: Structure diagrams are also available in: Martindale, MedSafe Data Sheets, RxList.

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Dispensing Guide (Pharmaceutical Society of NZ)

Print: QV735 D857 2004
  • Information for the safe and effective dispensing of prescribed medicines

Paediatric Pharmacopoeia (Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne)

Print: WS366 R888 2002
  • Dosage guidelines and practical notes to aid prescribing for children     

PharmInfoTech

PharmInfo Tech
  • A pharmaceutical consultancy service; provides access to Formulation in Pharmacy Practice, eMixt (information on pediatric oral liquids and other practical formulation issues)
  • Click the free access link
  • Browse to find the drug you want
  • A New Zealand standardised formula and batch sheet are included when available

Australian Medicines Handbook

Print: QV738 A938
  • Prescribing advice is given in the Preliminary information section

Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook

Print: QV740 P536 2015
  • Notes with each drug give prescribing/dispensing tips
  • Also see Table of Contents sections e.g., Section A: Dispensing and advice to consumers; Section D: Clinical and therapeutic information

British National Formulary (BNF)

BNF
Print: QV740 B862
  • Click link to MedicinesComplete at right
  • Click Guidance on prescribing in the Table of Contents
  • See the Guidance on prescribing section
  • Pharmacy Council of New Zealand
    The Council is established under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, with the primary role to protect the public and promote good pharmacist practice.
  • Medsafe
    The New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority; it investigates and approves drugs and medical devices for use in New Zealand.
    • Provides guidance on a range of regulatory, compliance, quality and safety topics.
    • Use the tabs and dropdown menus to investigate, e.g., click Medicines - Classification for details on the classification of medicines in New Zealand, including pharmacist-only medicines.
    • Details on how to use Medsafe's Medicines Data Sheets are under the Key NZ sources tab.​
       
  • New Zealand Legislation
    New Zealand Acts, Bills and Legislative Instruments, e.g., the Medicines Act 1981 (law relating to medicines in New Zealand).
    • In the Quick Search box, type a few words, e.g., medicines act (to find the Medicines Act 1981); click the full title to see the complete Act.​
    • See also the New Zealand legal resources guide.
       
  • FDA (US Food and Drug Administration)
    Responsible for protecting the US public health:
    • Rregulates the safety, efficacy and security of drugs, biological products, medical devices, the US food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.
    • Has a role in reducing tobacco and alcohol use.
    • Helps to speed innovations that make medicines more effective, safer, and more affordable.
    • Provides the public with accurate, science-based information needed to use medicines and foods to maintain and improve health.

Complementary and Herbal Medicines

Herbal Medicines
Online: Herbal Medicines
Print: WB925 N532 2013
  • Click MedicinesComplete link at right
  • Type search words into the Search drug name or interaction box (top right)
  • Or browse the Monographs
  • Read the How to use... section
Stockley's Herbal Medicines Interactions
Online: Stockley's
  • Click MedicinesComplete link at right
  • Follow the Getting Started details
Dietary Supplements
Online: Dietary Supplements
Print: QU145.5 M411 2012
  • Click MedicinesComplete link at right
  • Type search words into the Search drug name or interaction box (top right)
  • Or browse the Monographs
  • Read the How to use this book section
Review of Natural Products
Print: QV752 D435r 2014
  • Look up a natural product name in the Primary Index
  • Look up a therapeutic use in the Therapeutic Uses Index
AMED (Allied and Complementary Medicine)
Online: AMED
  • Indexes articles in journals covering allied health, complementary medicine, palliative care, etc
  • For assistance with searching, contact a Subject Librarian
About herbs, botanicals and other products
Online: Website
  • From the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Provides evidence-based information about herbs, botanicals, supplements...

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