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About eMC Medicine Guides

What is eMC Medicine Guides?

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eMC Medicine Guides is a online medicines information website for medicine users, their carers and the general public in the UK. It gives up to date, reliable and understandable information about medicines to help you to:

  • Make informed decisions about your health and health care
  • Be more involved in decisions about your treatment, in partnership with your healthcare professionals
  • Understand how best to use and take your medicine

Information about medicines on the eMC Medicine Guides website links to information about conditions on the NHS Choices website. NHS Choices is the NHS' online portal for patients and the general public.

How are Medicine Guides created?

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The eMC Medicine Guides website contains Medicine Guides for medicines prescribed in the UK.

An independent team of pharmacists writes each Medicine Guide from the information contained in a medicine's Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC). This is a document which is checked and approved by the UK or European government agencies which license medicines. These agencies are the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

SPCs are written using medical terms. The authors write each Medicine Guides in language which is useful for and understandable to people. This is done using a set of guidelines which has been approved by the Board that governs the eMC Medicine Guides resource. This Board is called the Medicines Information for People Board.

This process ensures that the eMC Medicine Guides website is independent, unbiased and non promotional.

Who governs eMC Medicine Guides?

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The Medicines Information for People Board is a unique collaboration of groups with a shared vision to provide good quality, reliable medicines information for medicine users, their carers and the general public in the UK. The Board, which includes members from the Department of Health, the NHS, the pharmaceutical industry regulator, the pharmaceutical industry, and professional and voluntary health organisations, is responsible for overseeing the development of the eMC Medicine Guides website.

The Medicines Information for People Board includes members from:

  • Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)
  • Datapharm
  • Department of Health
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine (of the Royal College of Physicians)
  • Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  • NHS Choices
  • Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB)
  • Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB)
  • UK Medicines Information (UKMi)
  • University of Leeds

Who owns the eMC Medicine Guides website?

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The eMC Medicine Guides website is managed and owned by Datapharm Communications Limited, known as Datapharm.

Datapharm is an independent, not-for-profit company that works with the NHS, pharmaceutical companies, and other healthcare organisations to provide high quality information about medicines (more about Datapharm).