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GPs should use “premier” information sources when prescribing

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 14 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1239

One book as a Resource

It is still a practice to refer MEDLINE as a source of Prescribing
medicine by GPs

In India most of the GPs are familiar with their own cost effective
library in the form of single book called CIMS :Current Index Of Medical
Sciences .This is an updated prescribers Handbook.

This book is available as MIMS in, Australia,Bangladesh,China,Hong
Kong, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Phillipines,
Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam

This book is called Arzneimittel Kompendium In Switzerland.

This book is available as Gelbe Liste In Germany, As L'Informatore
Farmaceutico in Italy, As Medex-Medasso,Hopitex in Belgium, Netherland, As
Pharmindex in Poland,Hungary, As Simposium Terapeutico n Portugal, As
Vademecum in Spain and as Vidal in France, Russia and Vietnam.

This is published every 4 months and carry the latest information
about the generics and new brands.It is seen that the GPs follow brand
prescribing in India rather than the generic..Hence here refering the book
helps them to correctly prescribe.
Also the book carries a Generic Index.

Also the pharmacist have one book which helps them to narrow down
errors when there is a confusion in understanding the prescription.

This practice is prevalent in India it also works out since the GPs
have less accesss to internet.

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19 December 2006
Senior Executive- Apollo Hospitals