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Syringe Driver Survey Database migration to MedicinesComplete - January 2023

Syringe Driver Survey Database has moved to MedicinesComplete and is no longer available on

It has been renamed to PCF’s Syringe Driver Database and is now accessed through Drug Compatibility Checker.

Drug Compatibility Checker, through MedicinesComplete is a new tool providing essential compatibility knowledge to support the administration of injectable drugs combining published data and clinical practice reports.

Find out more about Drug Compatibility Checker:

If you have a subscription to Palliative Care Formulary through MedicinesComplete, you will have access to PCF’s Syringe Driver Database through Drug Compatibility Checker, at no charge through 2023. 

To contribute to PCF’s Syringe Driver Database please continue to submit a clinical practice report using here:

To learn more about a subscription to the Palliative Care Formulary through MedicinesComplete, please contact us here:

If you have any questions regarding access to PCF’s Syringe Driver Database or would like to renew your subscription to Palliative Care Formulary, please contact

MHRA: Transferring patients to the new licensed buccal midazolam preparation

13th October 2011

The UK Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have highlighted that care is needed on transferring patients from unlicensed buccal midazolam preparations to the new licensed buccal midazolam preparation (Buccolam, ViroPharma).

Buccolam is oral midazolam 5mg/mL provided in age-specific, individual doses of 2.5mg, 5mg, 7.5mg or 10mg, in pre-filled syringes for buccal delivery (see our news item 14-09-2011). The NHS list price of 4 dose units is £82, £85.50, £89 and £91.50 respectively. It is licensed for patients diagnosed with epilepsy from age 3months to <18years.

Buccolam is half the strength of some of the unlicensed preparations that have been used and is also a different salt; it contains the hydrochloride salt, whereas some other preparations contain the maleate salt of midazolam. MHRA state that although there is some suggestion that the maleate salt may be better absorbed in the buccal cavity, there are adequate studies with midazolam hydrochloride to support the dosing schedule authorized for Buccolam in the SPC. It also references a publication of the experience of a hospital paediatric unit transferring its patients to licensed Buccolam.

MHRA safety update for Buccolam
SPC for Buccolam 2.5mg dose