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Pharmacy: How to reference drug resources

This guide has been written to help you with your study and research in pharmacy.

Referencing Drug information

Currently there is no consistent agreement among guides in referencing electronic sources. The examples in this guide are provided as a guideline. Whichever style or format you follow, make sure that you are consistent throughout your work. 

Before using this guide check with your tutor or Unit of Study coordinator for specific referencing style requirements.

Select referencing style

Referencing Consumer Medicines Information (CMI)

To reference CMI, following the examples below:

Hard copy: 

Lamaxi [package insert]. (1993). East Hanover (NJ): Sandoz Pharmaceuticals.

Online: 

Panadol Children Suppositories [CMI]. (2017). Ermington, NSW: GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare. Retrieved from https://www.ausdi.com/

 

Referencing drug reference resources

One way to reference information from MIMS, AMH, eTG, AusDI or  AccessPharamcy, including Product Information (PI), is to treat these resources like an electronic reference resource.

For the electronic reference resource, the reference will include the following elements:

Author/Title

If the reference topic has no author, use the topic as the first element in the reference. Author information may be listed on the first page of the entry or under a section called 'Contributors' (or similar).

Date

Include the year of the last update in brackets. If there is no update year listed, use the copyright year. This information may be included at the top or bottom of the screen.

In...

Include the word 'In' followed by the title of the resource in italics (e.g. MIMS Online, etc).

Retrieved from

Include the basic access URL after "Retrieved from". No access date is required for electronic reference entries.

EXAMPLES (APA 6th STYLE)

In-text reference 

In the body of your text you would reference the citation as (Title of webpage, year of last update).

For example:

... children under the age of three should be given a reduced dose (Panadol, 2009). 

Reference list

A page on Panadol from MIMS would look like this:

Panadol. (2009). In MIMS Online. Retrieved from http://www.mimsonline.com

The same example from AMH would look like this:

Panadol. (2009). In Australian Medicines Handbook. Retrieved from https://amhonline.amh.net.au/

ENDNOTE

When creating an EndNote reference for these resources, select Electronic book section option as a Reference type.