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Identification of foreign medicines

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Identification of foreign medicines

The Society’s information pharmacists have updated their list of internet sites for identifying foreign products from various countries, first published in 2001 (PJ, 1 September, p309). 

The Society’s Information Centre has a large collection of foreign proprietary medicine literature as well as an array of electronic sources for answering enquiries about foreign medicines. The information pharmacists in the technical information service have access to all these resources to answer enquiries. Members can access the service by telephone (020 7572 2302) or e-mail (techinfo@rpsgb.org.uk).

Listed below are internet sites for identifying foreign products from various countries. All these links can be accessed free of charge and are a useful adjunct 

to commercially available information sources such as “Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference” for any enquiries when our telephone enquiry service is unavailable. 

EudraPharm

Websiteeudrapharm.eu

Language: English+ all EU languages

EudraPharm is intended to be a source of information on all medicinal productsfor human or veterinary use that have been authorised in the European Union (EU)and the European Economic Area (EEA)

IPPF Directory of Hormonal Contraceptives

Websitecontraceptive.ippf.org

Language: English

Registration:required

International Planned Parenthood Federation

Listing contraceptives by brand, composition, country, manufacturer and type

Argentina

Website: www.prvademecum.com
Language: Spanish,Portuguese

Australia

Website: Australian Prescription Products Guide (subscription only)
Language: English
Registration:required

Belgium

Website: Belgian Centre for Pharmacotherapeutic Information
Language: French, Dutch

Bulgaria

Website: Bulgarian Drug Agency
Language: Bulgarian, Dutch

Canada

Website: Health Canada Online Drug Database
Language: English, French

Chile

Website: www.prvademecum.com
Language: Spanish, Portuguese

China

Website: MIMS
Language: Chinese, some English
Registration:required

Columbia

Website: www.prvademecum.com
Language: Spanish, Portuguese

Czech Republic

Website: State Institute For Drug Control
Language: Czech

Estonia

Website: State Agency of Medicines Drug Database
Language: English

Finland

Website: National Agency for Medicines
Language: Finnish

France

Website: Vidal
Language: French
Registration:required

Germany

Website: Rote Liste
Language: German
Registration:required

Holland

Website: Medicines Data Bank (Medicines Evaluation Board)
Language: Dutch, English

Hong Kong

Website: Department of Health
Language: English

Website: MIMS
Language: English
Registration:required

Iceland

Website: Icelandic Medicines Control Agency
Language: Icelandic

India

Website: MedGuide India
Language: English

Indonesia

Website: MIMS
Language: English
Registration:required

Ireland

Website: Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association Limited (IPHA) Medicines Compendium
Language: English

Israel

Website: Ministry of Health — The Israel Drug Registry
Language: English

Japan

Website: Japan Pharmaceutical Reference
Language: English

Latvia

Website: State Agency of Medicines Database
Language: Latvian

Website: State Agency of Medicines
Language: English

Lithuania

Website: Drug Information Centre (DIC)
Language: English

The Drug Information Centre (DIC): Subdivision of the State Medicines Control Agency at the Ministry of Health of Republic of Lithuania

Malaysia

Website: MIMS
Language: English
Registration:required

Website: National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau Database
Language: English

Mexico

Website: www.prvademecum.com
Language: Spanish, Portuguese

New Zealand

Website: Medsafe (Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority)
Language: English

Website: PHARMAC (Pharmaceutical Management Agency) — Pharmaceutical Schedule Database
Language: English

Norway

Website: www.legemiddelsiden.no
Language: Norwegian

Pakistan

Website: PakMediNet
Language: English

Paraguay

Website: www.prvademecum.com
Language: Spanish, Portuguese

Peru

Website: www.prvademecum.com
Language: Spanish, Portuguese

Philippines

Website: MIMS
Language: English
Registration:required

Portugal

Website: Prontuário Terapêutico Online
Language: Portuguese

Romania

Website: National Medicines Agency Product Index
Language: Romanian

Singapore

Website: MIMS
Language: English
Registration:required

South Africa

Website: South African Electronic Package Inserts
Language: English

Sweden

Website: FASS
Language: Swedish

Website: Medical Products Agency
Language: Swedish, English

Switzerland

Website: Arzneimittel-Kompendium Der Schweiz
Language: German, French
Registration:required

Taiwan

Website: MIMS (includes tablet identification searching facility)
Language: English
Registration:required

Thailand

Website: MIMS
Language: English
Registration:required

United States

Website: Food and Drug Administration regulatory database
Language: English

Uruguay

Website: www.prvademecum.com
Language: Spanish, Portuguese

Venezuela

Website: www.prvademecum.com
Language: Spanish, Portuguese

About Identification of foreign medicines

The Society’s Information Pharmacists have updated their list of internet sites for identifying foreign products from various countries, first published in 2001 (PJ, 1 September, p309).

The Society’s Information Centre has a large collection of foreign proprietary medicine literature as well as an array of electronic sources for answering enquiries about foreign medicines.

The Information Pharmacists have access to all these resources to answer enquiries. Members can access the service by telephone (020 7572 2302) or e-mail (infopharm@rpsgb.org)

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 20010811

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