Dictionary of Medicines and Devices (dm+d) lookup

Searching the dm+d

In the search field, start typing the name of a medicine or medical device.
Click on a concept name in the results to show/hide all its children.
Click on to view dm+d information about a concept or product.

Results appear in the following format:

  • Top-level drug family / Virtual Therapeutic Moiety (VTM)
    • Route of administration Form,
      • Virtual Medicinal Product (VMP)

Search tips

Search terms can be entered in any order. The following search terms will work.

  • Partial names:
    A search for 'Ciclo 25' will return Ciclosporin 250mg/5ml solution for infusion ampoules and Ciclosporin 25mg capsules.
    'Aspi tab' will return VMPs containing Aspirin in tablet form.
  • Brand names
  • dm+d identifiers (VTMID, VPID or APID)
  • Sizes, colours or product codes where available
  • GTIN / EAN barcodes where available

Groups with no top-level drug family

The empty set character ∅ marks concepts which are not linked to a top-level drug family. These include:

  • single medical gases;
  • medicines with four active ingredients or more;
  • most medical devices; and
  • generic representations of products with two active ingredients or more, which do not have a name based on international non-proprietary names.

For example: Oxygen, Vitamin B compound strong tablets.

Scan barcodes with a camera

Click on Barcode to activate your camera.
Scan a GTIN / EAN barcode (13 or 14 digits) from a pharmaceutical package.

Scanning works better with a clean package in a brightly lit environment.
Be aware that not all products have a GTIN barcode registered in the dm+d database.

Searching for a supplier

In the search field, start typing the name of a supplier.
In the results list, click on a supplier's name to view the medicines and medical devices they have made available in the NHS.

Products are grouped by VTM (Top-level drug family). The empty set character ∅ marks groups which do not have a VTM.

Click on a VTM name to show/hide all its children.
Click on to view dm+d information about a concept or product.

Search tips

To list all unlicensed medicines, type in 'Special Order' or 'Drug Tariff Special Order'.

To list all imported drugs, type in 'Imported'.