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Medicines Information - Evidence Search - Search Engine for Evidence in Health and Social Care

Medicines Information

NICE Evidence Search is an online service that brings together a wide range of medicines and prescribing information for healthcare professionals involved or interested in commissioning, managing, prescribing, dispensing and administering drugs

What's New?

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and UKMi are bringing medicines information together in NICE Evidence Search. From 1 April 2013, resources previously available through the National electronic Library for Medicines will now be made available via NICE Evidence Search only.

Learn more about how to search with our tips for searching medicines information, ‘take a tour’ guides and search guides.

Please note: Former NeLM users searching for the Patient Group Directions (PGDs) website please visit

NEW NICE Medicines Awareness Service

From April 2013 this new awareness service from NICE will provide rapid access to current awareness and evidence-based medicines information, sent to your inbox every day.

Subscribers will be able to personalise the content of this service relevant to their area of interest or speciality, providing links to published evidence, policies, guidelines, evidence evaluations and news.

The Medicines Awareness Service information describes how to subscribe to and personalise this service to best fit your needs.

Medicines Information Resources

NICE Evidence Search provides access to all the most important medicine and prescribing sources. This includes guidance from NICE, prescribing information from the British National Formulary (BNF), BNF for Children and the electronic Medicines Compendium, and Medicines Q&A resources produced by UKMi.

Other UK and International resources include:

  • Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
  • European Medicine Agency and the US Food and Drug Administration
  • Scottish Medicines Consortium, and
  • All Wales Medicine Strategy Group

View a current lists of all sources included in NICE Evidence Search.

The Medicines and Prescribing Centre at NICE provides guidance, advice and evidence summaries to support quality, safety and efficiency in the use of medicines.

More information on the NICE Medicines and Prescribing Centre.

Searching for Medicines Information

You can find medicines information on NICE Evidence Search using a number of methods:

  • Entering a term in the search bar, the type-ahead function will offer suggested search terms.
  • Browsing the Medicines A-Z list for generic drugs listed in the BNF.

Searching for Medicines Information describes these search and browse functions in more detail.

NICE BNF and BNFc Apps

Health and social care professionals can now access the latest up-to-date prescribing information from the British National Formulary (BNF) and BNF for Children at the touch of a button.


Download the NICE BNF apps

Help us to develop our service for medicines information

NICE Evidence Services is working with the medicines community to continually improve the service to them. We welcome your input to these developments

Please email your comments and suggestions