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The eMC

Overview

The eMC contains up to date, easily accessible information about medicines licensed for use in the UK. It contains:

  • 5,000+ Summaries of Product Characteristics (SPCs) – the prescribing information for a medicine; and
  • 4,000+ Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) – the leaflet that is found in the medicine pack.

The eMC is the most comprehensive online source of its type and is up to date, trustworthy and widely used.

  • All the SPCs and PILs have been approved by the medicines licensing agencies – the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) or the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
  • Pharmaceutical companies update the information quickly once the MHRA or EMA have approved the information.

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Comprehensive

With more than 5,000 Summaries of Product Characteristics (SPCs) and 4,000 Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) , the eMC is the most comprehensive, accessible resource of its type.

It includes 98% of the top 95% of medicines dispensed. This is determined from Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) data which is provided by the NHS’ Information Centre.

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Up to date

The pharmaceutical companies’ who publish their information on the eMC website, add information about new products or update information about existing products within 10 working days of the regulatory authority approving the information.

The information used to update the resource is governed by the Good Medicines Information Charter.

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Partners

We consult regularly with UK Medicines Information (UKMi), an NHS expert pharmacy service, as well as NHS Direct, which provides online and telephone health advice and information to people 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Both UKMi and NHS Direct use the eMC to answer many of the enquiries about medicines they receive from professionals and the public.

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Site usage

The eMC is used predominately by healthcare professionals, and extensively within the NHS. Many of these visits are from UK Medicines Information (UKMi), an NHS expert pharmacy service, as well as NHS Direct, which provides online and telephone health advice and information to people 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Both UKMi and NHS Direct use the eMC to answer many of the enquiries about medicines they receive from professionals and the public.

The eMC is also used by medicine users, carers and the general public to access the SPCs and PILs for medicines licensed for use in the UK.

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eMC Data Services

Datapharm provides information from the eMC to other organisations in formats they can use. The following is a list of some of the organisations to whom we provide extracts of our data:

Healthcare information and prescribing or dispensing systems

  • DXS
  • First Data Bank Europe (FDBE)
  • Positive Solutions
  • Thomson Reuters Healthcare

NHS Hospital trusts on CD ROM

Medical search engines and databases

  • BioWisdom
  • NHS Evidence
  • SearchMedica

If you are interested in licensing eMC SPC or PIL data from Datapharm or for more information about eMC Data Services please contact us.

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Funding

All the information on the eMC website comes directly from pharmaceutical companies. About 200 pharmaceutical companies subscribe to the eMC and pay Datapharm to publish their information on the eMC website. View the list of pharamaceutical companies who fund the eMC.

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Trusted - recent eMC survey highlights

The eMC makes a valuable contribution to the safe prescribing and use of medicines in the UK.  A broad range of healthcare professionals are frequent users of the eMC and they have told us they rely on it and that they trust the information provided.

The following graphs highlight the high level of trust that healthcare professionals have in the information in the eMC. This trust is a valuable asset for all participating pharmaceutical companies.

Healthcare professionals trust the eMC - "I trust the eMC to give me information I can rely on"

Emc I Trust The Emc Graph

Healthcare professionals are heavy users of the eMC - frequency of visit to the eMC


Emc Frequency Of Visit Graph

Healthcare professionals who use the eMC - "We make prescribing decisions or recommendations for … "

Emc We Make Prescribing Decisions Graph

Source : results of a survey of eMC users conducted in June 2013. More information is available on request.

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History

The eMC website was launched in 1999. Since then we have constantly sought feedback from our users and have made changes to make it more comprehensive and easier to find information.

  • In 2009, the eMC was redesigned, improving the search capability and look and feel of the website.
  • In 2010, we introduced the sub-brands eMC Medicine Guides and eMC Business Intelligence, recognising the unique information needs of our users.
  • In the first quarter of 2012, in response to user feedback, we launched a new look Home page, which has a clean and crisp appearance, improved signposting, and provides time-saving tips for users.
  • In the second quarter of 2012 we launched a mobile friendly version of the eMC website. It is optimised for Apple and Android devices such as iPhones, iPads and tablets, but can also be used on a wide range of other mobile devices e.g. Blackberry, giving faster access to the eMC on your device.
  • Also in the second quarter of 2012 we launched a new eMC app for smartphones and iPads. Medicines Compendium UK gives health professionals at-your-fingertips access to 5,000+ SPCs 24hours a day - without the need for internet access.

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