Library ♥ Pharmacy

library loves pharmacy bannerThis month our popular Library Loves series returns highlighting Pharmacy and Pharmacology resources available through St George’s Library.

Websites
Journals
Databases
Reference, Summaries & Point of Care resources
Regulatory Agencies
Societies & Professional Associations

Websites

The following websites form a comprehensive selection of online resources providing guidance, information and support on the use of medicines; along with news and analysis on topics relevant to pharmacy and pharmacology.

NICE Medicines and Prescribing
https://www.nice.org.uk/about/nice-communities/medicines-and-prescribing
A comprehensive suite of guidance, advice and support for the delivery of quality, safety and efficiency in the use of medicines.

Chemist + Druggist
http://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/
Featuring the latest UK community pharmacy news Chemist + Druggist is a weekly magazine containing news on clinical and business issues, alongside articles and training courses to assist pharmacists with their CPD.

electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC)
https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/
the eMC contains up-to-date, easily accessible information about medicines licenced for use in the UK. With over 10,600 documents, all of which have been checked and approved by either the UK or European government agencies which licence medicines.

RxList
http://www.rxlist.com/script/main/hp.asp
RxList is an online medical resource dedicated to offering detailed and current pharmaceutical information on brand and generic drugs.

Specialist Pharmacy Service
https://www.sps.nhs.uk/
Specialist Pharmacy Services (SPS) aim to be “The first stop for professional medicines advice” SPS brings together expertise from Medicines Use and Safety, Procurement, Quality Assurance, Technical Services and UKMi. Delivered by senior pharmacy professionals and with a focus on hospital care, Specialist Pharmacy Services (SPS), underpin the safe, effective and efficient use of medicines across the country.

Cochrane Library
http://www.cochranelibrary.com/
The Cochrane Library is freely available and consists of several databases supporting evidence-based medicine.

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Journals

These journals comprise a list of ‘key titles’ for pharmacists and pharmacologists which the Library recommends for those wanting to keep up to date in this field.

All titles are available through the library. Staff and students of St Georges, University of London can access the Journals via the St George’s Library Journals A-Z list: accessing titles offsite will require you to enter in your SGUL username and password.

NHS staff can access these titles via the NICE Journals A-Z search using their OpenAthens account details.

Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin
The DTB provides rigorous and independent evaluations of, and practical advice on, individual treatments and the overall management of disease for doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. Published monthly by the BMJ the journal aims to provide informed and unbiased information on medical conditions, medicines and other treatments to enable readers to make informed choices and ensure patients get the best care.

British Journal of Pharmacology
The BJP gives leading international coverage of all aspects of experimental pharmacology.

Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics is an international journal concerned with the effects of drugs on the human gastrointestinal and hepato-biliary systems, particularly with relevance to clinical practice.

British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Published on behalf of the British Pharmacological Society, the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology contains papers and reports, research and review articles on all aspects of drug action in humans.

Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (AAC) features interdisciplinary studies that build an understanding of the underlying mechanisms and therapeutic applications of antimicrobial and antiparasitic agents and chemotherapy.

Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry
Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry is an international and multidisciplinary journal which aims to ensure the rapid publication of authoritative reviews and research papers dealing with experimental and clinical aspects of neuro-psychopharmacology and biological psychiatry.

European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
The European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology publishes original papers, short communications, and letters to the editors on all aspects of clinical pharmacology and drug therapy in humans. Coverage includes therapeutic trials; pharmacokinetics; drug metabolism; adverse drug reactions; drug interactions; all aspects of drug development; prescribing policies; pharmacoepidemiology; and matters relating to the safe use of drugs.

Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (CPT) is a cross-disciplinary journal in experimental and clinical medicine devoted to publishing advances in the nature, action, efficacy, and evaluation of therapeutics.

Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Pharmacology & Therapeutics presents clear, critical and authoritative reviews of currently important topics in pharmacology.

Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
Trends in Pharmacological Sciences is a monthly review journal focusing on pharmacology and toxicology.

Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
The Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy is a journal of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) and is among the foremost international journals in antimicrobial research.

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Databases

These databases contain relevant articles and papers for those interested in pharmacological research. The Library provides access to the EMBASE and MEDLINE databases for SGUL staff and students and NHS staff.

SGUL staff and students should follow the relevant links from the database entry on the A-Z database list, offsite access will require an SGUL username and password.

NHS staff will need an NHS OpenAthens account to access these databases using the updated Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) platform.

ChemIDplus is freely available and does not require a login.

EMBASE
The EMBASE database covers biomedicine and pharmacology; particularly strong in the areas of drugs, toxicology and psychiatry; indexing over 3,500 international journals.

MEDLINE
Medline is a general medical database produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. The database contains millions of citations, derived from thousands of biomedical and life science journals.

ChemIDplus
ChemIDplus contains over 400,000 chemical records. More than 300,000 of those records include chemical structures. ChemIDplus allows you to search by name/synonym, physical properties or toxicity in order to identify chemical substances.

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References, Summaries and Point of Care resources

British National Formulary (BNF)
The BNF provide prescribers, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals with sound up-to-date information about the use of medicines. Covering medicines generally prescribed in the UK, the BNF includes key information on the selection, prescribing, dispensing, and administration of medicines. Updated twice a year the BNF is available in print or online on MedicinesComplete or NHS Evidence.

British National Formulary for Children (BNFc)
Like the BNF the BNF for Children aims to provide prescribers, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals with sound up-to-date information on the use of medicines for treating children.

Both the BNF and the BNFc are available as iOS and Android Apps; you will need an NHS OpenAthens account to access the content. More information can be found at the NICE apps for smartphones and tablets page.

Medicines Information Services
Information on any aspect of drug therapy can be obtained from Regional and District Medicines Information Services.
St George’s pharmacy department
Lanesborough Wing, 020 8725 1765

DynaMed Plus
An evidence-based knowledge system that helps healthcare staff make the right decisions at the point of care. It covers over 3,400 clinical topics, providing evidence-graded treatment recommendations as well as diagnostic and other information. Access via NHS Open Athens, the trust intranet, or download the mobile app, for information on the go.

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Regulatory Agencies

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency regulates medicines, medical devices and blood components for transfusion in the UK. MHRA is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department of Health. Recognised globally as an authority in its field, the agency plays a leading role in protecting and improving public health.

European Medicines Agency
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is responsible for the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines developed by pharmaceutical companies for use in the EU. The EMA supports scientific excellence in the evaluation and supervision of medicines ensuring that all medicines available on the EU market are safe, effective and of high quality.

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Societies & Professional Associations

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)
(ABPI) represents innovative research-based biopharmaceutical companies; companies who supply more than 80 per cent of all branded medicines used by the NHS and who are researching and developing the majority of the current medicines pipeline.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society
The RPS is the professional membership body for pharmacists and pharmacy in Great Britain and an internationally renowned publisher of medicines information.

The British Pharmaceutical Society
The British Pharmacological Society is a charity with a mission to promote and advance the whole spectrum of pharmacology. The Society leads the way in the research and application of pharmacology around the world.

International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global body representing pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. Through 139 national organisations, academic institutional members and individual members, FIP represent over three million pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists around the world.

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
The GPhC is the body responsible for the independent regulation of the pharmacy profession within England, Scotland and Wales. Responsible for the regulation of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises.

British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (BPSA)
The British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association is the official student organisation of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society; founded in 1942 it is the only national body that solely represents pharmacy students and pre-registration trainee pharmacists.

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Further Information

For help in viewing or downloading online journals, or accessing databases pop along to the Research Enquiries Desk in the Quiet Study Area of the Library, Mon-Fri 11am-4pm.

If you are an NHS user and are having problems with your OpenAthens account, please contact your OpenAthens administrator Zena Ali at zali@sgul.ac.uk or 020 8725 5433.

Information on accessing and using some of these resources can be found on the Library website help page.

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Information Skills Training Sessions April – June 2017

Feel like you are out of practice with literature searching? Looking for new ways to keep up-to-date? Or perhaps you want to create a professional social media presence? Why not sign up for one of our free training sessions held in the library. We have a wide range of sessions, which are free for anyone to attend regardless of if you are a St George’s or joint Faculty student, researcher, staff or an NHS trust member.

Dates are below, see our information skills training page for full details. Please contact liaison@sgul.ac.uk to book.

*New* Using Twitter for Promotions

You will learn how to use Twitter for promotional purposes, find out about useful Twitter functions and tools such as Hootsuite and Storify.
Recommended for: Useful for anyone involved in a team or department Twitter account, or thinking of creating one.
Requirements: Users should be familiar with Twitter, as there will be a hands on element to the session.

Thursday 25th May 12.00 – 13.30

Finding the evidence: databases and search skills

Searching databases using Ebscohost
Friday 21st April 12.00 – 13.00
Tuesday 23rd May 12.00 – 13.00
Thursday 8th June 13.00 – 14.00

Searching databases using Ovid
Monday 24th April 11.00 – 12.30
Tuesday 16th May 15.00 – 16.30
Tuesday 20th June 10.00 – 11.30

Evidence based healthcare resources
Monday 24th April 14.00 – 15.30
Tuesday 23rd May 10.00 – 11.30
Monday 19th June 14.00 – 15.30

Searching NHS databases
Tuesday 4th April 10.00 – 11.30
Tuesday 2nd May 10.00 – 11.30  Now cancelled
Thursday 25th May 10.00 – 11.30
Tuesday 6th June 13.00 – 14.30
Thursday 22nd June 10.00 – 11.30

Managing information and critical appraisal

Introduction to critical appraisal
Tuesday 9th May 11.00 – 12.30
Wedsday 7th June 15.00 – 16:30

Keeping up-to-date
Tuesday 25th April 11.00 – 12.30
Wednesday 7th June 12.00 – 13.30

Citation metrics – an overview
Thursday 11th May  12.00 – 13.00

Systematic Reviews – Finding and managing the evidence
Thursday 27th April 10.00 – 13.00
Wedsday 17th May 13.00 – 16.00
Tuesday 20th June 13.00 – 16.00

RefWorks
Tuesday 16th May 12.00 – 13.00
Friday 16th June 12.00 – 13.00

Getting Started with Twitter
Fri 12th May 12.00 – 13.30

Library Inductions for NHS Staff

Thursday 20th April 10.00 – 11.00
Thursday 18th May 10.00 – 11.00
Thursday 15th June 10.00 – 11.00

Personalised training

If you cannot make any of the times, we are happy to arrange sessions for either individual or larger groups depending on your needs. To organise a bespoke session please email us at liaison@sgul.ac.uk

Review: Acland’s Anatomy – Quiz function

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Learning Advocate Kurian George (Second Year Biomedical Science student) has written a review of the Acland’s Anatomy exams function.


What it is:

Acland’s Anatomy is a series of anatomy tutorials presented online using cadavers. Split up into five main sections of the upper and lower extremities, the trunk, the head and neck, and the internal organs, Acland’s anatomy explains each section to a great degree of detail step-by-step, making it clear in understanding the crucial concepts  for all years. It has always been recommended to put learning into practice, which can be done here as well, with exams available at the end of every section.

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How to access it:

Aclands onsite link

Aclands offsite link  Select ‘UK access management‘ for Federation and St George’s, University of London as the institution.

If you can’t remember the link. Simply search for ‘SGUL Acland’s Anatomy‘  and select the link that says “A-Z Databases: acland’s“. Selecting this will take you to the onsite and offsite links.

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Search for SGUL Acland’s anatomy

Review of the Exam section:

I definitely found this very useful, as it puts to test whatever I have learnt and it is just for our own personal reflection of our knowledge of whatever we have learnt in the previous section. The fact that below each answer there is a link to the relevant section of the tutorial makes it a lot easier and convenient to learn from any mistakes made and further develop knowledge in that particular area. This is a great chance to learn if you don’t have time to go to the Dissecting Room outside the scheduled sessions.

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When the answer is revealed, Acland’s displays a link to the relevant section of the tutorial.

You can access the exams (the quiz section) and save your favourites by registering for a personal account.

Conclusion:

Overall, I personally find Acland’s Anatomy a great resource to utilize outside of DR [Dissection Room] sessions and it does go into great detail in all of the areas of Anatomy. Having said that, it is difficult to discern how much one needs to learn as this is open to all years. In order to tackle, definitely use the DR book given in order to make sure you are on track with what is being taught and do not go into a lot more detail than what is required. Even though this is an excellent resource, it can take time to follow everything due to the amount of information given. One way to overcome this could be to learn the overview from the video and attached diagrams and animations, but also take part in some constructive learning with fellow peers, which I find is a great way to learn a lot of the taught content. To conclude, Acland’s Anatomy is an excellent resource and would definitely recommend it.

Kurian George
Second Year Biomedical Science Student


Find out more about what Learning Avocates do on our VLE (SGUL username and password required to log-in)

Library ♥ E-books

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This month, Library loves E-books! Through the Library you can access many online resources including e-books. We have collections available for SGUL staff and students and  NHS users and accessing them is easy (try one of the QR code posters if you are in the Library).

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E-books chosen by you

Here are some of the latest e-books that have been added to the collection through user choice. Go to the Catalogue Record tab and use the relevant link for SGUL or NHS users to access the content.

clinical-immunologyEssentials of Clinical Immunology

management-of-atrial-fibrillationManagement of Atrial Fibrillation: A Practical Approach

prescribing-at-a-glancePrescribing at a Glance

Oxford Handbooks available online

Oxford Medicine Online  gets you access to over 290 titles including popular books such as the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, Oxford Handbook of Paediatrics, Oxford Textbook of Medicine and more.

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Accessing the e-books

Use the Library Catalogue to find and access our e-books:

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Tick the ‘Search only Electronic Books’ box before beginning your search.

You can also use Hunter to search for e-books.

See our webpage on how to access e-books from St George’s Library, for more information.

Find out more – Library pop up Tuesday 21 March 12-2pm

Visit our pop-up library to find out more about accessing e-books and e-resources on Tuesday 21 March 2017 12-2pm. Find us in the Social Learning Space outside the Library 1st Floor Hunter Wing. We will also have some goodies to give away!

BMJ Best Practice app – new version released (available to SGUL staff and students)

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A new version of the BMJ Best Practice app is now available to download for free from the Google Play and Apple stores. If you’ve been using this popular app, you’ll need to download the new version soon to continue using it, as the older version will shortly stop being updated.

Instructions

1) Activating your account

To keep using the app, you’ll need to re-authenticate your Best Practice account from the SGUL campus at least once every six months.

You can do this by visiting the Best Practice website in one of three ways:

  • using a desktop computer in the SGUL computer room
  • using a Library laptop
  • using your phone while onsite at St George’s, University of London (making sure it is connected to Eduroam WiFi network).

Log in to your Best Practice personal account, and you’re done!

New user?

Register for a personal account for free if you haven’t done so before. Make sure to remember the email and password you choose – you’ll need them at the next stage.

2) Setting up the app

Download the app from the Google Play or Apple Store. Be sure to pick the 2017 version.

The first time you open the app, you’ll be asked to log in with your Best Practice personal account username and password. As a logged in subscriber, the full content will now start downloading to your device.

The new app

Changes in the new version have slightly altered the overall feel and navigation of the app, but if you’ve been using the old version it should quickly feel familiar. Just as before, it’s essentially a mobile version of the BMJ Best Practice website, and the content and organisation are unchanged.

Key changes:

  • The new app and data will take up less storage space on your device – 226 MB, compared with 610 MB for the old version. It took us less than five minutes to download all the data on a strong internet connection.
  • Some of this space has been saved by not including images in the downloaded data. You can still view images in the app, but you must be using it online.
  • Navigating the content should be a little easier with longer entries now managed through submenus, giving a quick overview of the section and allowing you to click straight through to the part that interests you.

Screenshots of new app layout – differential diagonosis

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Screenshot of old app layout – differential diagonosis

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You can read our review of the original app on our mobile resources blog.

 

Evidence based healthcare resources

BMJ Case Reports

BMJ Case Reports is an international, peer reviewed collection of over 13,500 clinical cases covering all disciplines for clinicians and researchers.

Search by keyword or browse by specialty to find clinically important information on common and rare conditions, or subscribe to the RSS feed to receive updates on latest articles, most read articles or new blog posts.

Access is available to NHS staff via their NHS OpenAthens account (self-register here), and to SGUL staff and students via their university login details.

If you have an interesting case, you can receive peer reviews and rapid publication by submitting it for inclusion to BMJ Case Reports Journal. See the BMJ website for submission templates and full details on how to submit your case.

For more information about the SGUL subscription, or to obtain the institutional fellowship code, contact journals@sgul.ac.uk.

Drugs and Therapeutics Bulletin

Independent of the pharmaceutical industry, Government and regulatory authorities, each article in the DTB has been evaluated by a wide range of specialist and generalist commentators.

By providing rigorous, unbiased assessments and recommendations of drugs and other treatments for diseases, this journal can be relied upon by doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals who are looking to make evidence based decisions to ensure their patients receive the best possible care.

Access is granted via Shibboleth for SGUL staff and students, and via OpenAthens for NHS staff.

Information Skills Training Sessions Jan – Mar 2017

The Library offers a range of free training sessions to meet your needs, from how to use databases to find the resources you need, preparing you for a systematic review, to helping you create a professional social media presence.

Dates are below, see our information skills training page for full details. Please contact liaison@sgul.ac.uk to book.

*New* Using Twitter for Promotions

You will learn how to use Twitter for promotional purposes, find out about useful Twitter functions and tools such as Hootsuite and Storify.
Recommended for: Useful for anyone involved in a team or department Twitter account, or thinking of creating one.
Requirements: Users should be familiar with Twitter, as there will be a hands on element to the session.
Mon 13th Feb 12.00 – 13.30

Finding the evidence: databases and search skills

Searching databases using Ebscohost
Wed 25th Jan 12.00 – 13.00
Tues 7th Mar 12.00 – 13.00

Searching databases using OvidSP
Mon 23rd Jan – 10.00 – 11.30
Mon 20th Feb – 11.00 – 12.30
Tues 21st Mar – 14.00 – 15.30

Evidence based healthcare resources
Tues 24th Jan 11.00 – 12.30
Tues 21st Feb 11.00 – 12.30
Mon 20th Mar 11.00 – 12.30

Searching NHS databases
Tues 17th Jan 14.00-15.30
Thurs 9th Feb 11.00-12.30
Thurs 23rd Feb 10.00-11.30
Tues 7th Mar 10.00 – 11.30
Thurs 23rd Mar 14.00 – 15.30

Managing information and critical appraisal

Introduction to critical appraisal
Thurs 16th Mar 10.30 – 12.00

Keeping up to date
Weds 15th Feb 12.30 – 14.00

Citation metrics – an overview
Thurs 23rd Feb 12.00-13.00

Systematic Reviews – Finding and managing the evidence
Weds 18th Jan 13.00-16.00
Tues 21st Feb 13.00-16.00
Thurs 23rd Mar 10.00- 13.00

Refworks
Email: liaison@sgul.ac.uk to arrange a time

Getting Started with Twitter
Fri 27th Jan 12.00 – 13.30

Personalized training

If you cannot make any of the times, we are happy to arrange sessions for either individual or larger groups depending on your needs. To organize a bespoke session please email us at liaison@sgul.ac.uk