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

Renal Drug Handbook and Database (December 2014)

The Renal Drug Handbook (RDH) has for many years been a key clinical resource providing concise summarised advice on drug dosing in renal impairment and renal replacement therapy.  The 4th edition is now available and contains over 800 drug monographs. 

Alongside the print version of this new edition the publisher has launched the Renal Drug Database (RDD) available at


Advantages of this electronic format include:

  • Frequent updates
  • Easy to search and navigate
  • Can be used on PC, tablet or smartphone

The Knowledge Network (TKN) team have negotiated a subscription for NHS Scotland.  The TKN team review subscriptions annually based on cost and usage and so to help them assess the level of usage for this resource all individuals who wish to access it should email Ann.Lees@nes.scot.nhs.uk for username and password (no access via Athens password).  Please do not share the password with colleagues - if the perceived usage is low then this could affect whether the resource continues to be available in the future.

Caution: RDH/RDD is an extremely useful resource, however it should not be used in isolation.  The first line information source for dosing in renal patients should always be the manufacturer’s Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC) and, where the advice in the SPC & RDH/RDD conflict, careful consideration should be given to the clinical situation.