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NRS221 Research Skills Guide: MIMS Online

What is MIMS Online?

MIMS Online is an important Australian online resource for pharmaceuticals information. It is the web version of the MIMS prescribing MIMS logoinformation for pharmaceuticals available in Australia.

It contains both abbreviated prescribing information, which is equivalent to the MIMS Bi-Monthly (a paper product), and full prescribing information, which is equivalent to the MIMS Annual (a paper product). It also contains product images, and consumer medicines information (MIMS CMI).

There is no limit on the number of CSU users who can access MIMS Online at the same time. It does have a relatively short timeout period, but you should be asked each time if you wish to continue.

What can I get from MIMS Online?

MIMS Online has:

  •     information on more than 4,500 prescription and non-prescription drugs
  •     a pill ID module, where you can search for a tablet/capsule image
  •     a Drug Interactions module, where you can identify drug interactions.
  •     product images
  •     consumer medicines information (CMI).

For assistance when using MIMS Online check out the MIMS Online Help pages or watch the MIMS online training video.

Tip: CSU Library provides access to a number of other drug information resources. For information on these please see the Drug Resources page in this guide.

USING MIMS ONLINE TO GET DRUG INFORMATION

Finding drug information

The Simple Search screen defaults to searching for Product Information. You can enter a product name, an action/indication, or a therapeutic class.

 

Other search modes include Pill ID, CMI, and Drug Interactions (see box below).

The Product Information Advanced Search gives you extra searching functionality.

Working with results

Each result is headed by the brand name, and includes links to:

  • full PI (Product Information), abbreviated PI, or CMI (Consumer Medicine Information)
  • drug interactions
  • other products with the same generic ingredient
  • other products in the same therapeutic class.

In MIMS Online Product Information search, a search for amoxycillin returns 61 results listed by brand name, with links to product and other information

Using MIMS ONline to find Drug - Drug Interactions

On the Simple Search screen, the Drug Interactions tab allows you to search for any interactions between drugs.

If you enter a drug name (remember it's probably best to use the generic name), then MIMS will list all the drugs that interact with it. The interacting drugs are in the column for Interacting Molecule and are listed using generic names (not brand names). The results list includes the Route of Administration (ROA) of each drug, and brief information about the adverse effect and the severity level. Note that the lower the severity level number, the more severe the interaction.

You can filter the results by Severity Level or by Documentation Level.

At the results list, you can then click on one and display all the information about the interaction:

MIMS drug interactions page

The Drug Interactions tab provides two other ways to check for interactions between two or more drugs:

MIMS drug interactions tab

Enter the drug names together, separated by the pipe character. The "pipe" is above the backslash on your keyboard;    OR
Use the Add/Remove Drugs feature, as follows:

  • Click on Add/Remove Drugs
  • On the Add/Remove Drugs screen, enter the name of a drug and click on Add
  • Enter the name of a second drug and click on Add
  • Continue to enter the names of drugs.
  • When ready, click on Check Interactions.

 

Finally, here's a third way to find drug interactions.....

  • Search for the drug from the Product Info tab
  • At the result for the one you are interested in, click on the link to Drug Interactions. That takes you to the table of interactions between that drug and others, as above.

MIMS brief record drug interactions link

Working with results

As mentioned, the table of results gives brief information about the interaction between two drugs.

To get more detailed information, simply click on the interaction (ie click on that row in the table). The details screen includes a field for Probable Mechanism but also gives references which you might like to explore.

To find out if the articles listed in the references are accessible through CSU Library try copying and pasting the article title into Primo Search!