Access to medicines information resources by hospital pharmacy teams during COVID-19

We have brought together information resources to support different pharmacy teams working across the health system access medicines advice during COVID-19.

This area includes medicines information resources accessible to pharmacy teams working in a hospital.

You can also access a list of information resources accessible by pharmacy teams working in all parts of the health system here or if you work with care homes or in general practice here.

If you think we have missed anything which may be useful for pharmacy colleagues, please contact us

Remember – no single information resource is totally comprehensive or completely up-to-date in all respects and all databases have the potential to have search function anomalies; use your professional judgement to decide when you need to verify facts in another resource.


Critical care specialist medicines information resources

  • Hospital pharmacy teams can now access a new, free information resource during COVID-19 to support complex decision making in relation to critical care medicines.
  • This can be accessed via your NHS subscription to Medicines Complete (Pharmaceutical Press)

Medicines compatibility specialist information resources

  • Hospital medicines information teams will usually be able to answer questions you may have about the compatibility of two or more drugs in a syringe or via a Y-site . However, when you need to check compatibility more rapidly we have put together quick user guides which we hope will help you to use the specialist resources.
  • The first Quick Guide is for the Handbook on Injectable Drugs when accessed via Medicines Complete (Pharmaceutical Press) and can be found at the bottom of this page.

MiDatabank viewer (medicines-related questions)

  • If you have a Medicines Information (MI) service within your organisation, it is likely that they will have access to MiDatabank viewer. This enables access to view enquiries completed by MI pharmacists across the country. MI centres use this Internet-based platform to share enquiries with each other to prevent duplication of work.
  • Please contact your MI lead to discuss access to MiDatabank viewer for the wider hospital pharmacy team.
  • A Quick Guide for how to access this resource can be found at the bottom of this page.

Renal Drug Database

  • Hospital pharmacy teams can now access the Renal Drug Database if their medicines information service currently has a subscription.
  • Taylor and Francis, and the UK Renal Pharmacy Group have stated, “With the continuing COVID-19 health crisis, Taylor and Francis and the UK Renal Pharmacy Group are pleased to announce that current customers of the Renal Drug Database (RDD) are eligible for complimentary multi-user access to the database. As Nightingale hospitals open and staff are reassigned to help care for a growing patient population, we recognise the increased demand for information. It is vitally important that all staff who are prescribing in this high-risk, complex environment have easy access to all the resources required to make prescribing decisions accurately and quickly. The complimentary multi-user access will run through 31 July 2020.”
  • Please contact your local medicines information service for access details.