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Subject guide for Pharmacy

Reference material

Reference materials include compendiums, encyclopedias and pharmacopeias. You're unlikely to ever read these items cover to cover - instead you'll refer to them as and when you need them (like a dictionary or a thesaurus - you look up a specific word at the specific time you need to know its meaning). 

We have print copies of these items for reference in the SoP library, but you can also access many of them electronically via the database Medicines Complete. Important reference titles include:

  • The British National Formulary (BNF) and BNF for Children
    "The authority on the selection and use of medicines. The BNF is organised for quick reference and provides information for healthcare professionals on safe and effective use of medicines, and the management of common conditions."
  • Martindale: The complete drug reference
    "Providing information and background on conventional and complementary drugs and associated compounds, international proprietary names, and disease treatments."
  • Clarke's analysis of drugs and poisons
    "The definitive source of analytical data for drugs and poisons. Essential for all forensic and clinical toxicologists, pathologists, hospital pharmacists, pharmaceutical analysts, clinical pharmacologists, clinical and forensic laboratories, and poison information centres."
  • Pharmaceutical Excipients
    "A comprehensive guide to the uses, properties and safety of pharmaceutical excipients."
  • Stockley's Drug Interactions
    "The world’s most comprehensive and authoritative reference on drug interactions, providing concise, accurate, and clinically relevant evidence-based information, covering therapeutic drugs, proprietary medicines, herbal medicines, foodstuffs, drinks, pesticides, and drugs of abuse."
  • British and European Pharmacopoeias
    "Providing quality standards for UK pharmaceutical substances and medicinal products" and European products in compliance with EU law.

Follow this link to use your UCL credentials to access MedicinesComplete.