MeReC publications are high quality resources useful to a wide range of healthcare professionals. They provide concise, evidence-based information about medicines and prescribing-related issues.

NPC legacy site

From 15th May 2012, the team delivering the work of the NPC will form the NICE Medicines and Prescribing Centre and will sit alongside the Clinical Guidelines team within the Centre for Clinical Practice.

The NICE Medicines and Prescribing Centre will continue to produce information to support the work NICE deliver around New Medicines. However, there will be some changes to the way in which these outputs are produced and published going forward, as part of the overall work delivered by NICE.

Over the next few weeks we will be launching the Medicines Evidence Commentary. This new resource will echo the format of the NPC Rapid Review, providing a quick and succinct commentary on a recent newsworthy health issue related to prescribing and/or medicines and will be published within outputs such as the Medicines Awareness Weekly, accessible via the alerts section of the Medicines and prescribing homepage of the NICE website.

In addition, there will also be changes to the New Medicines network, which enables those who are eligible, to access additional resources and participate in a dedicated discussion group. These changes will not take effect immediately upon the launch of the Medicines and Prescribing Centre. Therefore, access to the current New Medicines discussion group will continue until further notice. Users will also be able to access the discussion group via the Communities of Practice section of the Medicines and prescribing homepage on the NICE website.

Although no new Medicines and prescribing content will be published to the NPC legacy website, the extensive catalogue of existing publications, resources and e-learning materials will still be available to view and download for as long as the information contained within them remains accurate and up-to-date.

MeReC Publications

MeReC Publications are correct at the time of publication. The content of past materials may not reflect current recommended practice. You can check our MeReC Rapid reviews and e-learning materials for updates, or search for further information on NHS Evidence.

MeReC Monthly

MeReC Monthly is a new publication for 2008/09. It provides a regular monthly compilation of the ‘best of the Rapid reviews’ from the MeReC Rapid review publication. This gives readers a monthly compilation of new news and research set into the context of the rest of the evidence and guidelines. MeReC Monthly is produced in electronic format and in a print-friendly version for download.



MeReC Bulletin

The MeReC Bulletin was first published in the early 1990s. Four Bulletins are now produced each year in electronic format and in a print-friendly version for download. The content of MeReC Bulletins focuses on key therapeutic dilemmas – collating and summarising evidence and guidelines.


About MeReC

MeReC was established in 1990 and produces several publications: MeReC Bulletin, MeReC Extra, MeReC Monthly and MeReC Rapid Review. Publications and related resources are freely available on our website.

MeReC Rapid review

The Rapid review publications are in response to requests for evaluations of key clinical trials or guidance, as soon as they are published.

MeReC rapid reviews provide a quick and succinct commentary on a recent newsworthy health issue related to prescribing and/or medicines. It may be an important piece of evidence that may change our practice, or something that has been in the news headlines (but perhaps isn’t that important once you look at it in more detail).

MeReC Extra

MeReC Extra has been published since 2001. It is produced four times a year, on a regular tri-monthly basis. Whilst the rest of the MeReC portfolio is only produced electronically, MeReC Extra continues to be produced in paper copy, with a circulation of about 80,000. It is distributed free of charge to GPs in England, and pharmacists in England and Wales. MeReC Extra is also produced in electronic format and in a print-friendly version for download.

MeReC Extra summarises the other MeReC outputs, including the new MeReC Rapid Review publication, and highlights new e-learning materials available on our website.



Rapid Reviews

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