Welcome to Medicines
We aim to direct you to the most reliable and authoratative UK sources of information about medicines (drugs). Information and links are compiled by UK doctors.
And, links to websites providing some general information about medicines...
Medicine safety, and how to report an adverse reactions to a medicine
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
Provide advice and information for consumers including the risks of buying products over the internet, advice on buying herbal medicines and medical devices, and what they are doing to combat the problem of counterfeit products.
Report a suspected adverse reaction / side effect to a medicine
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency collects information from both health professionals and patients on suspected adverse reactions and side effects to medicines (drugs), and suspected defects in medicinal products.
My medicine: From laboratory to pharmacy shelf
This section of the website of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency aims to help you find out more about the life cycle of medicines from their first scientific discovery through to licensing and ongoing monitoring.
I've got nothing to lose by trying it
Weighing up claims about cures and treatments for long-term conditions. This guide, published by Sense About Science with the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Alzheimer’s Society and Parkinson’s Disease Society, explains how to tell the beneficial from the bogus in the face of the miracle cure stories, new wonder-drugs and breakthrough therapies that are increasingly promoted.
Are you entitled to free or reduced cost prescriptions?
Help With Health Costs
Includes information about free or reduced cost prescriptions. From the NHS Business Services Authority.
Online UK pharmacies
- Patient UK Pharmacy
- Pharmacy 2U
- Chemist Direct
- Lloyds Pharmacy
- Express Chemist
- Mistrys Pharmacy
Clinical / medicine trials - and how to take part
Taking part in medical research studies
An award winning booklet from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust. It helps to answer many frequently asked questions that you may have when deciding whether to take part in clinical studies. In paticular there is a very useful 'questions to ask' section.
Clinical trials and medical research
A wealth of information on this subject from NHS Choices. Includes advice on how to take part in clinical trials and other health research.
People in Research
The People in Research website is to help members of the public find out about how they can be involved in research and for researchers to find people to become involved in their work.
A clinical trial and research portal, connecting you with clinical research organisations across the UK. Search their site for types and phases of clinical trial listings and find out more information about the volunteering process.
Have you ever thought about taking part in a Medical Trial? By registering your details with MedTrials.co.uk, they are able to send your details directly to companies who are looking for volunteers to take part in their medical research studies. Information about you is kept on a register that CROs, Pharmaceutical companies and Clinical Investigators can access to contact you regarding individual studies.
From PAREXEL International clinical pharmacology research unit in Harrow. This website will enable you to register your interest to participate in a medical trial at PAREXEL.
Find a clinical trial - from Cancer Research UK
Search for ongoing clinical trials relating to treatments for cancer.
Hammersmith Medicines Research
A leading research unit doing trials with healthy volunteers. Their website gives information about trials and how you can take part.
Although this is a US site it provides a registry of clinical trials around the world, including the UK. It provides information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details.
This section of their website features interviews with over 40 people from a wide range of backgrounds talking about why they took part in a trial, what information they needed, and what it was like for them. It also includes accounts from patients who decided not to take part, and those who withdrew from a trial.
National Research Ethics Service (NRES)
Has a dual mission: to protect the rights, safety, dignity and well-being of research participants; and to facilitate and promote ethical research that is of potential benefit to participants, science and society. Their website includes a searchable register of research summaries to promote open, rational and relevant research and participant safety. It is designed to improve patients' access to research.
Some other sources of medicines information
X-PIL ensures that patient information leaflets (PILs) supplied with medicines are accessible to everyone, including those with sight problems. All the PILs on this web site are supplied and updated regularly by UK pharmaceutical companies.
A directory of medicines and food supplements that are available 'over the counter' (OTC) from your pharmacist. From the PAGB (Proprietary Association of Great Britain).
Health Supplements Information Service
HSIS is an educational programme to present facts about health supplementation in a simple, straightforward way. They aim to empower consumers with knowledge about nutrients and their crucial role for a healthy living.