NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medicines
Medicines Update Acute

Key Electronic Medicines Information Resources (October 2014)

NHSGGC Information Sources

GGC Medicines  

As described previously the Therapeutics Handbook and other useful information is available via the website and GGC Medicines App (Apple & Android).


Clinical Guidelines Electronic Resource Directory

Detailed GGC clinical guidelines may be found via the Clinical Info section of StaffNet (including some specialist guidelines not included in the handbook).  The gentamicin/vancomycin calculators can also be accessed here.


Intravenous Medicines Monographs (aka “Medusa”)

Monographs providing information to assist with the preparation and administration of intravenous medicines in adults and paediatrics are also available via the Clinical Info section of StaffNet.


General Resources

The Knowledge Network (TKN)

Visiting TKN and registering for an Athens password provides access to a wealth of information for NHS Scotland staff including:

  • >5000 online journals and eBooks
  • Medline/Embase databases


Featured resource: Medicines Complete

Electronic BNF

  • Updated monthly (print version is twice yearly). 
  • Also available as an Apple & Android App.  

Stockley’s Drug interactions

  • Provides assessment of the clinical relevance of interactions and advice on alternative choices.

Martindale : The Complete Drug Reference

  • Contains > 5800 drug monographs and > 675 disease treatment reviews (cross referenced)
  • Monographs give more detail on indications and place in therapy than the BNF provides.
Tip for Medicines Complete 

 Log in to Medicines Complete from any NHS Scotland PC and access to BNF will be automatic.

(N.B. BNF for Children appears first – ensure correct icon is chosen)

To access Stockley & Martindale :

1.  Click “Sign in with a different account”

 2.  Cick “Sign in via OpenAthens”

 3.  Use Athens password to sign in

Electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC)

Access to manufacturer’s Summaries of Product Characteristics (SPCs) for the majority of UK licensed medicines.  SPCs contain similar information to the BNF but have more detail on licensed indications, incidence of adverse effects, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.  They can also help to identify brand specific information (e.g. the excipients).