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Drugs and pharmaceutical information: Drug & pharmaceutical information resources

Drug information resources

Australian Medicines Handbook (AMH)

AMH is a peer-reviewed medicines prescribing guide for Australian health professionals. All AMH content is also available in the ClinicalKey drug monographs. 

AusDI (formerly known as Catalyst) provides access to Australian Independent Drug Monographs, pharmaceutical company product information, consumer medicine information, drug product images, a product identifier module and links to drug interaction systems. 

eTG Complete (Therapeutic Guidelines)

Searchable peer-reviewed clinical guidelines. Topics include analgesia, antibiotics, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrinology, neurology, gastroenterology, dermatology, palliative care, psychotropics and drug prescribing in pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Martindale: the complete drug reference

Provides information on drugs in clinical use worldwide, as well as selected investigational and veterinary drugs, herbal and complementary medicines, pharmaceutical excipients, vitamins and nutritional agents, vaccines, radiopharmaceuticals, contrast media and diagnostic agents, medicinal gases, drugs of abuse and recreational drugs, toxic substances, disinfectants, and pesticides.

MIMS online

Provides abbreviated and comprehensive medicines information, product images, consumer medicines information, drug interactions and pill identification. 

Access Pharmacy

Provides a range of pharmacy resources and curriculum topics. See these training videos about using this resource effectively.

Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook (APF)

Most recent editions located in the JRW and BJM Reference collections. The APF provides guidance on the effective use of medicines, and assists with identifying drug-related issues, making clinical judgments and preparing extemporaneous products or modified oral formulations.

BMJ Best Practice

Point-of-care decision support tool providing evidence and guidelines covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. The Drugs database content provides information about dosing, availability, formulations side effects and contraindications.

Point-of-care resource providing drug information, patient education, as well as drug-drug, drug-herb and herb-herb interactions information. 

​Biomedical database with a focus on drug and pharmacological journals, and provides sophisticated search functionality to find information on drugs and pharmaceuticals, including the new pharmacovigilance triple subheading feature (condition/drug/side effect).

DRUG Database

An Australian literature database produced by the National Drugs Sector Information Service (NDSIS). Indexes a wide variety of Australian source documents from drug and pharmaceutical journals, selected articles on the sociological and behavioural aspects of drugs, as well as government reports, statistics, books and conference papers.


Web-based tool for the retrieval of chemistry information and data from published literature, including journals and patents. The information includes chemical compounds, chemical reactions, chemical properties, related bibliographic data, and substance data.

UpToDate Drug Interactions Tool


Ovid Pharmacovigilance Tool



Allied and alternative health database. Subjects covered include acupuncture, homeopathy, hypnosis, chiropractic, osteopathy, rehabilitation, herbalism, holistic treatments, Chinese medicine, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry. 

National Centre for Complementary and Integrative Health

The US Government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. 

Stockley's Herbal Medicines Interactions

A guide to the interactions of herbal medicines, dietary supplements and nutraceuticals with conventional medicines.

Library-subscribed resources

Topic Library Resources
Adverse effects Australian Medicines Handbook (AMH), AusDI, Embase, MIMS, UpToDate
Chemical data Martindale, Merck Index, Reaxys
Clinical trials ANZ Clinical Trials Registry, ClinicalKey, Cochrane Library 
Comparative information AccessPharmacy, AusDI, AMH
Compounding Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary (APF) 
Contraindications AusDI, MIMS, ClinicalKey 
Cost AusDI, MIMS, PBS Online
Diagnosis Best Practice, eTG complete, UpToDate
Dosage recommendations AMH, AusDi, ClinicalKey, Martindale, MIMS
Drug administration AMH, AusDI, ClinicalKey, Martindale
Drug interactions AMH, AusDI, ClinicalKey, Martindale, MIMS, Reaxys, Stockley's Drug Interactions
Drugs in pregnancy and lactation eTG complete, LactMed, Martindale
Herbal, homeopathic products & dietary supplements AMED, Martindale, Stockley's Herbal Medicines Interactions
Identification AusDI, MIMS
IV compatibility AusDI
Non-proprietary and proprietary names AusDI, Embase, Martindale, MIMS
Pharmacology ClinicalKey, Embase, Martindale
Therapeutic use AMH, APF, eTG complete, Martindale, Medline
Toxicology Martindale, TOXNET