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Australian Medicines Handbook
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.
The AMH is published by an independent company – Australian Medicines Handbook Pty Ltd, based in Adelaide, South Australia.
The AMH contains three main types of information:
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.
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 print edition, the eighth published, is the Australian Medicines Handbook 2007 (released January 2007). The AMH is also available in an electronic format, known as eAMH, for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X platforms on CD-ROM and online through the Health Communication Network. A version for personal digital assistants (PDAs), known as pAMH, is available for devices based on the Windows Mobile (Pocket PC) platform.
Australian Medicines Handbook also publish two companion texts: AMH Drug Choice Companion: Emergency and Primary Care and AMH Drug Choice Companion: Aged Care, which deal with pharmacotherapeutics in these specialised areas.
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