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Safer and More Effective Prescribing in Ireland

Doctors and dentists practicing in Ireland will know the difference between the rigid textbooks of medical school and a manual for real-life clinical practice...Irish Medicines Formulary is that bridge.

IMF is the Irish-specific, non-promotional and fully-complete HQ for prescribing and safety information for all medicines licensed and marketed in Ireland. Brands. Generics. Branded-generics. Medical devices. Nutritional supplements. Exempt medicines.

All medicines and their details are intuitively presented in 16 chapters covering the different therapeutic areas.

Prescribing Information for Busy Professionals

IMF_for_GPsDesigned with advice from practicing clinicians regarding the most useful content and format, information in IMF cascades from broad therapeutic headings to each individual medicine and for each specific indication.

Safety Information

IMF provides comprehensive dosing for all special populations:
* Adult
* Elderly
* Child (no additional book required!)
* Renal Impairment
* Hepatic Impairment

As many patients require multiple medicines, Drug Interactions need monitoring and in IMF drug interactions are expanded to include not only the interacting drugs but also what can be expected or what action might need to be taken.

Pricing, Reimbursement, Reference Pricing and Generic Substitution / Interchangeability

For a busy GP, the pricing intricacies of the Irish system may not be a daily priority...

But prescribe one of those drugs that requires PCRS approval and fail to get that approval before your patient shows up at the pharmacy...to be told "We cannot give it to you as your GP did not get the necessary approval". You now have a very unhappy patient and an irritated receptionist.

The healthcare system in Ireland is complex and the area of pricing of medicines is a case in point. There are several drug reimbursement schemes in operation and without an IMF, this can be a source of real confusion. IMF gives you all the relevant details in exquisite clarity.

Your GP Guiance to Nursing Homes (Administration of Medicines)

Despite your correct and appropriate prescribing for Care Home residents, research shows how administration of medicines contributes to many errors, some of which have been fatal, particularly in elderly patients. IMF includes a Medicines Administration Safety Cycle to support maximum safety in medication administration, click here for more information.

IMF also deals with particular queries that may arise in clinical practice regarding administration of medicines. Can this capsule be opened or can this tablet be crushed safely for adminstration other than swallowing? Does this medicine need to be taken with, before or after food? What about storage instructions for certain medicines - some need to be refrigerated, others must not be refrigerated?

If you are practicing medicine, practice great medicine, refer to IMF.