Welcome to another instalment of the UniSkills Focus On blog, where we will be taking a look at a resource that we have recently started subscribing to, MedicinesComplete

What does MedicinesComplete offer? 

MedicinesComplete is a trusted and authoritative source of information on the clinical use of medication that supports clinical and research decision making. MedicinesComplete has several different publications, including: 

  • American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) Injectable Drug Information: supports health professionals in primary and secondary care
  • British National Formulary (BNF): Practical and evidence-based, British National Formulary (BNF) is the only drug formulary in the world that is both independent and has rigorous, accredited content creation processes 
  • British National Formulary for Children (BNFC): Practical and evidence-based, BNF for Children is the only child-focused drug formulary in the world that is both independent and has rigorous, accredited content creation processes 
  • Clinical calculators: Clinical calculators to support your practice, including basic measurement calculations and calculators for biochemical parameters such as creatinine clearance. This resource can calculate: 
    • Albumin: Creatinine Ratio 
    • BMI 
    • Body surface area 
    • CKD-EPI (The Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration (CKD-EPI) formula is the recommended method for estimating GFR and calculating drug doses in most patients with renal impairment.) 
    • Creatinine Clearance (Calculates estimated creatinine clearance using the Cockcroft and Gault formula) 
    • Imperial-Metric Calculations 
    • Pregnancy Due Date 
  • Critical Illness: is an indispensable resource to guide the most effective treatment for adult patients in intensive care. Providing practical, evidence-based information and dosing guidance to support the complex needs of the critically ill 
  • Dietary Supplements: is an essential reference source for advising patients on their safe use 
  • Drug Administration via Enteral Feeding Tubes: covers the technical, practical, and legal aspects that should be considered before prescribing or administering drugs via enteral feeding tubes 
  • Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation: authored by respected clinicians, detailed monographs highlight the risk profile of drugs by indication and across both pregnancy and breastfeeding 
  • Herbal Medicines: provides a wealth of in-depth information allowing quick understanding of the evidence-base behind the traditional uses of herbal medicines 

You can search the whole of MedicinesComplete, which will give you information on a particular medication from different publications, or you can search just one publication.  

The Benefits of using MedicinesComplete

MedicinesComplete contains information on drug uses, interactions, adverse effects, and treatment guidelines. It is updated on a regular basis, meaning you can be sure that you have the latest information on a given drug.  

Who is MedicinesComplete for? MedicinesComplete will be a useful resource for students on a variety of courses related to health and medicine. All of the information in MedicinesComplete is evidenced based and is put together by leading scientists, experts, and researchers. 

How to access MedicinesComplete 

This blog post has many links to MedicinesComplete, and you can click on one of those. You can also go to the Subject Resources webpages for Health and for Medicine. You will find a link to MedicinesComplete under the Journals and Databases tab. 

Further Help and Support

Remember, if you need any further help or support finding, accessing, or getting the most out of your resources head over the UniSkills web pages. From here you can access lots more information, toolkits and video tutorials, book on a UniSkills Workshop and even book a one-to-one appointment.   


Join us again next time as we will be looking at MLA International Bibliography