Here you'll find information about all of the practical aspects of using medicines in any healthcare setting. You might need to know how to use a given medicine safely and effectively in a particular clinical scenario. You might be after information on new medicines and their introduction to practice. Or maybe you're looking for advice on what to do because a particular product is temporarily unavailable. Whatever your need, these pages are aimed to help you find an appropriate solution.

For all aspects of the use of medicines currently in practise search our content here. You can find medicines articles of relevance by using the filters. And you can apply one or more filter as necessary to help you narrow down your search.
Medicines shortages and discontinuations can have adverse effects on patient care. To mitigate against these effects, timely access is required to information about the cause, scale, and duration of problems, and the availability of appropriate alternatives. This section contains draft "memos" on pressing issues; the memos can be customised easily and adapted as required to meet local needs.

Patent protection is vital for the development of innovative medicines. But it's also useful to know when patents expire, and when the first generic or biosimilar version (s) might be marketed. As with horizon scanning for new medicines, developing an information resource in this area is not an exact science, and users need to evaluate and interpret carefully the information presented in these pages. Information about patents is sensitive too, so please register with the site to seek access to all we have available.

Shortages and discontinuations

Patent Expiries