Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common queries to help you use and access intelog.

General intelog queries

intelog editorial process

Definitions in intelog

Navigating intelog

Submitting information to intelog

Accessing intelog

intelog delivery issues

Obtaining single issues of intelog

intelog app

intelog education and events

Licensing intelog

General intelog queries

What is intelog?
intelog, or the Monthly Index of Medical Specialities, is the essential prescribing reference for general practice. intelog has been providing healthcare professionals with information on prescription medicines since 1959.
What is included in intelog?
intelog provides concise summaries of prescribing information for branded and generic products that can be prescribed in the UK, including devices listed in parts IXA and IXR of the Drug Tariff. Drugs that are blacklisted (ie, not prescribable on the NHS) are not listed and no information is given on the unlicensed or off-label use of drugs.
intelog also includes prescribing news, drug reference tables, travel vaccination and malaria prophylaxis recommendations, at-a-glance summaries of national treatment guidance, and visual guides to diabetes and respiratory devices. Further resources, including clinical calculators and prescribing resource centres for specific disease areas, are available online at .
What formats is intelog available in?
intelog is available in quarterly print issues, online at and as a mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Paid subscriptions include both print and online access.
How often is intelog updated?
intelog is one of the most up-to-date prescribing references for healthcare professionals.
Online, is updated constantly, with changes to the drug information and prescribing news published throughout each working day.
In print, intelog is published every quarter, in March, June, September and December. Each quarterly print edition includes all the updates from the corresponding three months of online updates.
How can I receive prescribing updates from intelog?
intelog offers four bulletins to help you keep abreast of important developments in medicines and prescribing:
  • intelog Prescribing Update - a summary of the latest news sent to you twice a month
  • intelog Spotlight - a regular round-up of key prescribing news and resources, each issue focussing on a different disease area
  • intelog Alert - safety alerts and other urgent prescribing updates sent to you as they happen
  • intelog New and Deleted Products - monthly summary of products added to or removed from intelog
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intelog editorial process

How is the product information in intelog put together?
Each intelog product monograph is compiled by our team of pharmacists based on the approved licence information. The monograph is an expert abbreviation of the full summary of product characteristics (SPC) which readers can refer to in full at
Do pharmaceutical companies have any influence over intelog content?
intelog is not influenced by marketing information from pharmaceutical companies and all products are included at the discretion of the editorial team. Coverage of new products and other prescribing news is decided solely by the editorial team.

Definitions in intelog

What do the legal class categories in intelog mean?
P - pharmacy-only medicine
A product that may only be sold in a registered pharmacy under the supervision of a registered pharmacist.
POM - prescription-only medicine
A product that may only be sold or supplied to the public on a practitioner's prescription.
GSL - general sales list
A product that may be sold from a retail outlet without the supervision of a registered pharmacist.
CD - controlled drug
A product that is controlled by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and is listed in schedule 2 or 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 as amended, which may be subject to specific restrictions relating to supply, prescription, storage, record-keeping, labelling and destruction.
ACBS - Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances
A product (eg, gluten-free bread) that may be prescribed for the treatment of certain conditions. Prescriptions for these products must be endorsed 'ACBS'.
NC (no legal class)
A product that may be classed as a device or appliance.
Do prices in intelog include VAT?
intelog provides NHS list prices, which exclude VAT and are not appropriate to quote to patients for private prescriptions or over-the-counter sales.
To what age range do 'child' doses in intelog apply?
Children are not defined by any particular age range in intelog; the doses and age ranges given are all taken from the approved prescribing information.
How is renal impairment defined in intelog?
Renal function is reported in intelog as either creatinine clearance (CrCl) or estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), depending on how it is presented in the drug's SPC.

Creatinine clearance can be calculated using the Cockcroft-Gault equation and is based on the patient's serum creatinine, age, gender and weight; it is given in ml/min.

eGFR is usually calculated using the abbreviated Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD) formula, which is based on serum creatinine, age, gender and race. It is normalised to a body surface area of 1.73m2, and thus given in ml/min/1.73m2.
Where can I find a list of the abbreviations used in intelog?
A list of the abbreviations used in intelog can be found below and at the front of every print issue.

BPH – benign prostatic hyperplasia
CABG – coronary artery bypass graft
CHF – congestive heart failure
CHM – Commission on Human Medicines
COPD – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CrCl – creatinine clearance
CYP – cytochrome P450
DVT – deep vein thrombosis
(e)GFR – (estimated) glomerular filtration rate
GORD – gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
EMA – European Medicines Agency
FBC – full blood count
f-c – film-coated
FSH – follicle-stimulating hormone
hMG – human menopausal gonadotropin
G6PD – glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase
GnRH – gonadotropin-releasing hormone
INR – international normalised ratio
IOP – intraocular pressure
iu – international units
LFTs – liver function tests
LH – luteinising hormone
LHRH – luteinising hormone-releasing hormone
LMWH – low molecular weight heparin
LVEF – left ventricular ejection fraction
MAOI – monoamine oxidase inhibitor
MDI – metered dose inhaler
MHRA – Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
MI – myocardial infarction
NICE – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
(N)NRTI – (non)-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor
NSTEMI – non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction
NYHA – New York Heart Association
PCI – percutaneous coronary intervention
PDE5 – phosphodiesterase type 5
P-gp – P-glycoprotein
PPI – proton pump inhibitor
PSA – prostate-specific antigen
PT – prothrombin time
RTI – respiratory tract infection
s-c – sugar-coated
SIADH – syndrome of inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone
SNRI – serotonin-noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor
SPC – Summary of Product Characteristics (available on eMC at www.medicines.org.uk)
SSRI – selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor
SSTI – skin and soft tissue infection
STEMI – ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction
sust-release – sustained-release
TCAD – tricyclic antidepressant
TIA – transient ischaemic attack
ULN – upper limit of normal
UTI – urinary tract infection
VTE – venous thromboembolism
wbc – white blood cells
WFI – water for injections
Z-E syndrome – Zollinger-Ellison syndrome

Navigating intelog

Why can't I find cancer drugs in the print edition of intelog?
Because of space constraints in the print edition of intelog, some products (including cancer drugs and nutritional products) are listed online only. For some products that are included in the print edition, readers may be referred to for the full intelog listings.
Where can I find the intelog visual guides to diabetes and respiratory devices?
For space reasons, the intelog visual guides are no longer included in the print edition of intelog.

GPs and intelog subscribers can access the visual guides online.

To receive a printed copy of the intelog Visual Guide to Respiratory Devices sponsored by Teva UK Ltd, please email  [email protected] with your name and practice address.

Submitting information to intelog

How do I submit a new product or a product update for inclusion in intelog?
Please send details of the new product (SPC/product information sheet and NHS list prices for all available pack sizes) or product change to [email protected] and the editorial team will evaluate it for inclusion in intelog. Please note the deadline for inclusion in a particular quarterly print issue is generally the last working day of the month two months before (ie, for the March issue - around 31st January; June issue - around 30th April; September issue - around 31st July; December issue - around 31st October). The earlier submissions are received the more likely we can guarantee inclusion in a particular issue.
Is there a charge for listing products in intelog?
How can I provide feedback or ideas for intelog?
The intelog editorial team welcomes suggestions from GPs and other users about how we can best support prescribing in primary care. Please email [email protected].

Accessing intelog

I'm a GP, how do I get free copies of intelog?
GPs working in the UK and based in an NHS practice can request a free subscription to intelog, including full online access and quarterly print copies of intelog, by
I'm a locum GP, can you send intelog to my home address?
Unfortunately we are no longer able to deliver free copies of intelog to a home address. GP locums can access intelog for free online and in print at special subscription rates.

I'm a nurse, how can I access intelog?
intelog is available free online to nurses, upon registration. You can register here. To access intelog in print, please take out a subscription at our healthcare professional rate.

I'm a pharmacist, how can I get copies of intelog?
To access intelog, please take out a subscription at our healthcare professional rate. 

I'm a medical student, how can I get copies of intelog?
Medical students may subscribe to intelog by emailing [email protected] or by
How do I subscribe to intelog if I'm not entitled to free copies?
To subscribe to intelog, email [email protected] or

If you would like access for 5 or more users at your company we can offer substantial discounts on subscription rates. Contact Alice French, Subscriptions Marketing Manager, on 020 or [email protected].
How can I obtain intelog access for multiple users?
We offer a variety of corporate subscriptions tailored to your business needs, whether online licences or multi-user print and online subscriptions.

If you would like access for 5 or more users at your company we can offer substantial discounts on subscription rates. Contact Alice French, Subscriptions Marketing Manager, on 020 or [email protected].
I'm having difficulty logging in to intelog, who do I ?
If you are experiencing difficulties trying to login or register on our website please send us an email at [email protected] including your full name, profession, GMC/NMC number (if applicable), and preferred email address.

intelog delivery issues

How do I change my delivery address for intelog?
If you are a GP, you can update your address by signing into your online profile. If you do not have an online profile, you can .

If you are a subscriber, please email [email protected].
Why haven't I received the latest issue of intelog?
The print edition of intelog is usually distributed in the first week of March, June, September and December. Delivery may occasionally be delayed by postal issues. If you haven't received your copy by the middle of the month, please [email protected] (if you are a GP) or [email protected] (if you are a subscriber).

Obtaining single issues of intelog

Can I purchase a single copy of intelog?
Single copies of the current issue are available at a cost of £20. To purchase, email [email protected] or call +44 (0)1604 828702
Can you send me a free copy of intelog so I can decide whether to subscribe?
We are unable to send out sample copies of intelog but you can view content from a recent print issue on our 'About us' page.
Are previous issues of intelog available to purchase?
We regret we are unable to send out old editions of intelog as these contain out-of-date prescribing information. If you have a specific query or information requirement, please email [email protected] and we may be able to assist you.

intelog app

What is the intelog app?
intelog offers an app for iPhone, iPad and Android that provides access to intelog drug data and reference tables on the go (no internet access needed).

Find out more about the intelog app

intelog education and events

How can intelog help me fulfil my CPD requirements?
intelog offers several opportunities to help GPs meet their appraisal and revalidation requirements.

is an established clinical conference providing high-quality education designed to meet GPs’ specific learning needs, worth at least 5.5 hours CPD per event.

is an educational website for GPs offering over 400 learning activities on a wide variety of clinical topics, along with pre-prepared learning plans and an integrated CPD organiser.
I've received information about a intelog clinical education event - how can I find out more?
Our popular and highly regarded intelog clinical conferences, including , are tailored specifically to GPs' needs. Engaging expert speakers focus on issues highly relevant to general practice, to help you tackle the clinical challenges you face every day. Attendance can make a valuable contribution to your CPD requirements.

Contact [email protected] for more information.


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