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Subject guide for Pharmacy

Reference material

Reference materials include compendiums, encyclopedias and pharmacopeias. 

We have print copies of these items for reference in the School of Pharmacy library, but you can also access many of them electronically via the database Medicines Complete use your UCL username and password when prompted.

Important titles include the following:

  • The British National Formulary (BNF) and BNF for Children (BNFC)
    "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."
  • British Pharmacopoeia
    The British Pharmacopoeia provides the only comprehensive collection of authoritative official standards for UK pharmaceutical substances and medicinal products and incorporates all the monographs and texts of the European Pharmacopoeia."
    Please see the BP Help Guide for additional information.
  • 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."
  • European Pharmacopoeia - Print only at present REFERENCE SHELVES ; PHARMACY 615.111 (4) EUR
    "The European Pharmacopoeia is the primary source of official quality standards for medicines and their ingredients in Europe. The standards provide a scientific basis for the quality control of a product throughout its life cycle, supporting the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare systems."
  • Martindale: The complete drug reference
    "Providing information and background on conventional and complementary drugs and associated compounds, international proprietary names, and disease treatments."
  • 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."