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The Australian Medicines Handbook or AMH is a medical reference text commonly used in practice by health professionals (particularly general practitioners and pharmacists) in Australia. It is a highly-regarded source of concise, independent drug information to aid in the practice of evidence-based medicine. The AMH is largely based on the model of the British National Formulary (BNF) but contains completely Australian content. A general practitioner (GP) or family physician (FP) is a physician/medical doctor who provides primary care. ... Pharmacists are health professionals who practice the art and science of pharmacy. ... Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is a medical movement based upon the application of the scientific method to medical practice, recognizing that many long-established medical traditions are not yet subjected to adequate scientific scrutiny. ... Otherwise known as the doctors prescribing Bible the British National Formulary (BNF) contains a wide spectrum of information on prescribing and pharmacology, among others indications, side effects and costs of the prescription of all medication drugs available on the National Health Service. ...


The AMH is published by an independent company – Australian Medicines Handbook Pty Ltd, based in Adelaide, South Australia. For other uses, see Adelaide (disambiguation). ...

Contents


Structure

The AMH contains three main types of information:

  • drug monographs - relevant information about individual drugs by drug name (e.g. enalapril)
  • class statements - relevant information about classes of drugs (e.g. ACE inhibitors)
  • therapeutic considerations - relevant information about disease management and treatment selection (e.g. heart failure)

Enalapril is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor used in the treatment of hypertension and some types of chronic heart failure. ... ACE inhibitors, or inhibitors of Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme, are a group of pharmaceuticals that are used primarily in treatment of hypertension and congestive heart failure, in most cases as the drugs of first choice. ...

History

The idea of such a text was first proposed in 1991 and became a collaboration between the Australian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists (ASCEPT), the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). These three organisations continue to sponsor the production of the AMH. The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia or PSA is the professional organisation of Australian pharmacists. ...


After seven years of development, and with the aid of a Commonwealth grant, the first edition was published in May 1998. It was initially published every two years (1998, 2000 and 2002 editions), but has been published on an annual basis since 2002. The current edition, the seventh published, is the Australian Medicines Handbook 2006 (released January 2006). // Australia is a constitutional monarchy, a federation and a parliamentary democracy. ...


The AMH is also available in an electronic format on CD-ROM (eAMH) and for the PDA (pAMH).


Two companion texts, "AMH Drug Choice Companion: Emergency and Primary Care" and "AMH Drug Choice Companion: Aged Care" are also available.


Past editions

  • Misan GM (Ed.) (1998). Australian Medicines Handbook. Adelaide: Australian Medicines Handbook. ISBN 0-6463532-6-8
  • Rossi S (Ed.) (2000). Australian Medicines Handbook (2 ed.). Adelaide: Australian Medicines Handbook. ISBN 0-646-38303-5
  • Rossi S (Ed.) (2002). Australian Medicines Handbook 2002. Adelaide: Australian Medicines Handbook. ISBN 0-9578521-1-8
  • Rossi S (Ed.) (2003). Australian Medicines Handbook 2003. Adelaide: Australian Medicines Handbook. ISBN 0-9578521-2-6
  • Rossi S (Ed.) (2004). Australian Medicines Handbook 2004. Adelaide: Australian Medicines Handbook. ISBN 0-9578521-4-2
  • Rossi S (Ed.) (2005). Australian Medicines Handbook 2005. Adelaide: Australian Medicines Handbook. ISBN 0-9578521-9-3
  • Rossi S (Ed.) (2006). Australian Medicines Handbook 2006. Adelaide: Australian Medicines Handbook. ISBN 0-9757919-2-3

Further information

  • Australian Medicines Handbook website

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UniSA Library - database page (183 words)
AMH is available on campus by direct login for UniSA staff and students.
AMH online is a reliable, up to date, comparative, practical formulary covering most of the drugs marketed in Australia.
Drug monographs detail information specific to individual drugs; class statements allow information common to each member of a class to be displayed in one place and allows for comparison of individual drugs within a class; and treatment considerations are included for some common diseases where drugs form an important part of management.
Australian Medicines Handbook - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (316 words)
The Australian Medicines Handbook or AMH is a medical reference text commonly used in practice by health professionals (particularly general practitioners and pharmacists) in Australia.
The AMH is published by an independent company – Australian Medicines Handbook Pty Ltd, based in Adelaide, South Australia.
The idea of such a text was first proposed in 1991 and became a collaboration between the Australian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists (ASCEPT), the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
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