Free information for pharmacists

Where can you can find high-quality, free information on the internet?

RPS website

The RPS website includes good-quality, free information for members including:


NHS Resources

NHS Choices: the UK’s largest health website

  • Directory of NHS services (including pharmacies)
  • ‘Care and support’ guide
  • ‘Behind the headlines’ (background information to health stories)
  • ‘Health A – Z’ (information on conditions and treatments).

Specialist Pharmacy Service

  • Information about medicines – including new medicines, shortages and discontinuations
  • Regulatory advice, policy, guidance etc.

NHS Knowledge & Library Hub

You will need an NHS Open Athens account to use the resources on this website.  If you don't already have one, register here

What is OpenAthens?

OpenAthens is a gateway system, often used by large organisations who buy access to multiple databases and other online resources.

Level of access to resources via Athens depends entirely upon what resources your organisation has paid for/subscribed to.

Whereas the NHS and some Universities use Athens to authenticate users, the RPS Library does not.

Medicines Information

Electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC)

Up-to-date information about medicines licensed for use in the UK.

  • Summaries of Product Characteristics (SPCs)
  • Patient Information Leaflets (PILs).

Children’s medicines

Medicines for Children

A useful site to which to direct parents.

  • Medicines information leaflets
  • How to administer different types of medicine.

Medicines in pregnancy

Best Use of Medicines in Pregnancy (BUMPS)

The site is provided by the UK Teratology Information Service (UKTIS): a not-for-profit organisation funded by Public Health England.

Includes leaflets about the effects that medicines used during pregnancy might have on babies.

Veterinary Medicines

National Office of Animal Health (NOAH)

Includes NOAH datasheet compendium.

Travel health

National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC)

Guidance on travel health for healthcare professionals advising the public

  • Travel-health information with information for individual countries and global health issues
  • Clinical resources for health professionals who administer the yellow fever vaccine

Free databases

Cochrane Library includes six databases which include different types of evidence:

  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR)
  • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL)
  • Cochrane Methodology Register (CMR)
  • Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)
  • Health Technology Assessment Database (HTA)
  • NHS Economic Evaluation Database (EED).