Monthly Index of Medical Specialities
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|Monthly Index of Medical Specialities|
MIMS Prescribing Guide 50th Anniversary Front Cover.
|Publisher||Haymarket Media Group|
MIMS Prescribing Guide
Quarterly Index of Medical Specialities is a pharmaceutical prescribing reference guide published in the UK since 1959 by Haymarket Media Group. The guide contains information about branded and generic drugs in the UK formulary. It is aimed at healthcare professionals, including general practitioners (GPs), pharmacists, nurses and secondary care specialists.
The print title is published quarterly (March, June, September and December), being sent gratis to all practice-based UK GPs who have registered to receive it, and on a paid basis to subscribers. Each new edition sees about 200 changes to the drug monographs, including the addition of new products and removal of deleted products. It is considered dangerous practice to refer to old editions.
Concise drug monographs form the core of MIMS; these include key safety information (contraindications, warnings, interactions and adverse effects) and details of the active ingredient, presentation, price, indication, dosage and manufacturer. Entries are independently compiled by the expert MIMS editorial team based on the full Summary of Product Characteristics. In addition, the book includes drug comparison tables, summaries of clinical guidance and visual guides to diabetes and respiratory devices.
Although MIMS also serves as a medical advertising medium, its editorial content is not influenced by pharmaceutical companies and products are included at the discretion of the Editor. Drugs that are blacklisted (ie not prescribable on the NHS) are not included and MIMS does not provide information on the unlicensed or off-label use of drugs.
The MIMS website features a predictive search function that allows users to search the drug listings by brand, generic ingredient or drug class. Online versions of the comparison tables and guideline summaries are supplemented by additional web-only resources including clinical calculators and patient fact sheets. All the content is freely available except the drug listing. Registration is free for GPs, nurses and members of general practice staff, but other users must subscribe.
A MIMS app is also available for iPhone, iPad and Android offering mobile access to the MIMS drug database and comparison tables; in line with the print and online editions, the app is updated monthly.
Haymarket Group also publishes MIMS Dermatology, a quarterly journal for healthcare professionals with a special interest in dermatology.
Several one-day clinical MIMS conferences are held each year on topics including dermatology, women's health, diabetes and respiratory disease.
The MIMS Consultation Guide
The MIMS Consultation Guide, written by Dr Raj Thakkar, was published in 2011.
The guide follows the consultation journey in three easy-to-browse chapters: Signs & Symptoms, Investigations and Diseases. Each chapter has an A to Z format and covers essential core clinical knowledge to aid diagnosis and management.
Other MIMS Resources
The medical education division of Haymarket Group produces a range of educational resources for healthcare professionals under the MIMS brand.