Professional associations, reference sources, specialist libraries and websites
The most important resources are to be found by clicking on the Pharmacopoeia and formulary button.
- American Chemical Society
Scientific society based in the United States. Professional body for chemists and related occupations.
- The British Herbal Medicine Association
Founded in 1964. Members include manufacturers of herbal medicines, herbal practitioners, academics, pharmacists, retailers and students of phytotherapy. It aims to promote high standards of quality and safety in herbal medicines, encourage research and wider knowledge, liaise with regulatory authorities, industry forums and the media, provide advice and comment on new EU or UK legislation and guidelines.
- British Pharmacological Society
Student membership available. Undergraduate membership is free for the duration of the course.
- Royal Society of Chemistry
UK’s professional body for chemical scientists. Student membership available.
- Leung, A.Y. and Foster, S. (2003) Encyclopedia of common natural ingredients used in food, drugs, and cosmetics. 2nd edn. Hoboken: Wiley-Interscience.
Reference book containing information about approximately 500 naturally derived ingredients included in a wide range of cosmetics, food items, and over-the-counter drugs.
Shelf location: 664 LEU, second floor Holloway Road Library (Reference Only).
- Brayfield, A. (ed.) (2017) Martindale: the complete drug reference. 39th edn. London: Pharmaceutical Press.
Vol. A Drug monographs.
Vol. B Preparations, manufacturers, indexes.
Drug encyclopaedia - contains facts about drugs and medicines, herbals, diagnostic agents, radiopharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical excipients, toxins, and poisons. Contains references to journal articles; details of drug manufacturers, proprietary drug preparations, synopses of disease treatments. Enables the identification of foreign medicines, the local equivalent and the manufacturer.
Shelf location: 615.1 MAR, 2nd floor Holloway Road Library (Reference Only).
- O'Neil, M. J.(ed.) (2013) The Merck index: an encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs, and biological. 15th edn. Cambridge: Royal Society of Chemistry.
Over 10,000 monographs on single substances or groups of related compounds.
Shelf location: 615.103 MER, 2nd floor Holloway Road Library (Reference Only).
Pharmacopoeia and formulary
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- British Pharmacopoeia Commission and The Stationery Office (2017) British Pharmacopoeia 2018. London: The Stationery Office. ★
Consists of 5 volumes, the British Pharmacopoeia (BP) is the official, authoritative collection of standards for UK medicinal substances for human and veterinary use. Includes definition, appearance, solubility, identification tests, assay and impurities of medicinal substances.
Shelf location: 615.1141 BRI 2nd floor Holloway Road (Reference Only)
- British National Formulary via BMJ Best Practice ★
The database BMJ Best Practice provides access to the British National Formulary (BNF) online. The BNF is a pharmaceutical reference book published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the BMJ Group. BNF gives access to drug content, information on dosing, availability, formulations, side effects and contraindications.
Accessing BNF: Once in Best Practice, click on Resources at the top of the page and then Drug database.
- United States Pharmacopeial Convention (2012) The United States Pharmacopeia: the national formulary. Rockville, MD: United States Pharmacopeial Convention.
Consists ofvolumes 1-3 (2012) and supplements 1 and 2 (2013) of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) contains standards for medicines, dosage forms, drug substances, excipients, biologics, compounded preparations, dietary supplements, and other therapeutics.
Shelf location: 615.1173 UNI 2nd floor Holloway Road (Reference Only)
Other drug and substance references
- Abraham, D.J. and Rotella, D.P. (eds.) (2010) Burger's medicinal chemistry, drug discovery and development. 7th edn. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley.
Covers advances in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery and development. Consists of several volumes, each volume deals with a particular topic.
Shelf location: 615.19 BUR 2nd floor Holloway Rd (Reference Only)
Vol. 1 Methods in drug discovery
Vol. 2 Discovering lead molecules
Vol. 3 Drug development
Vol. 4 Cardiovascular, endocrine, and metabolic disease
Vol. 5 Pulmonary, bone, immunology, vitamins, and autocoid therapeutic agents
Vol. 6 Cancer
Vol. 7 Antiinfectives
Vol. 8 CNS disorders
- Moffat, A.C., Osselton, M.D., Widdop, B. and Galichet, L.Y. (2011)
Clarke's analysis of drugs and poisons: in pharmaceuticals, body fluids and postmortem material. 4th edn.London: Pharmaceutical Press.
Vol. 1 – practice of and analytical procedures used in forensic toxicology.
Vol. 2 – physical properties, analytical methods, pharmacokinetic data and toxicity data of substances and expanded indexes and appendices.
Definitive source of analytical data for drugs and poisons, intended to enable the identification and quantification of these substances in body fluids, tissue samples and pharmaceutical and industrial products.
Shelf location: 615.1901 CLA 2nd floor Holloway Rd (Reference Only)