eMC dm+d Browser
Working with the Prescription Pricing Division (now NHS Prescription Services) of NHS Business Services Authority Datapharm created the eMC dm+d browser. The eMC dm+d browser provides users with access to the NHS' drugs database, the Dictionary of Medicines and Devices (dm+d). The information is managed by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) Prescription Services and is updated weekly.
About the dm+d
The Dictionary of Medicines and Devices (dm+d) is a database which contains information on UK medicines and devices. The dm+d is critical to safe and effective medicines use within the NHS as it is used by NHSBSA for reimbursement of NHS prescriptions and the dm+d is the primary drugs dictionary for the NHS spine.
Each pack for every medicine or device from every manufacturer, which is prescribed in the UK, is given a unique code on the dm+d database. Once a product or device has been added to the dm+d and a code assigned to it, it is never deleted and the code is never reused. The dm+d covers current medicines and devices that are prescribed as well as those that have been discontinued, used in clinical trials or imported.
The dm+d underpins many of the Government's National Programme for IT (NPfIT) (also called Connecting for Health) initiatives including electronic prescribing and electronic patient records. It also helps to support QIPP innovations relating to the safe and efficient supply of medicines and their reimbursement.
The database is maintained by NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) Prescription Services. All medicinal products that are licensed and prescribed need to be added to the dm+d for reimbursement purposes.
The dm+d was previously known as the UK Clinical Product Reference Source (UKCPRS), the Primary Care Drug Dictionary (PCDD), the Secondary Care Drug Dictionary (SCDD) and the Medical Devices Dictionary (MDD). These databases have now been combined into the dm+d.