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MIMS is not a stand-alone resource

James L Mallows
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (10): 596-597.
Published online: 19 November 2007

To the Editor: I was part of a review of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)-approved product information (PI) monographs contained in MIMS (Monthly index of medical specialties) annual with respect to their poisoning management advice.1 We looked at the 10 most common poisonings presenting to Westmead Hospital and another 15 clinically important poisonings as determined by two of the authors, and compared the poisoning management advice given in MIMS to a “gold standard” derived from a consensus of five pharmacological resources. For the 25 drugs examined, 14 monographs contained inaccurate information, one contained a recommendation for ineffective treatments, and 14 omitted specific treatments or antidotes. Many of these errors could delay or even prevent patients receiving currently accepted and effective therapies for life-threatening poisonings if MIMS were used as the primary resource.

  • James L Mallows

  • Emergency Department, Nepean Hospital, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: mallowj@wahs.nsw.gov.au

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