Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines


Welcome to the official website of the Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines in Psychiatry.

The Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines (MPG) has been in continuous production since 1993. The concept of an evidence-based publication for prescribing in psychiatry was the brainchild of the late Professor Robert Kerwin. Professor Kerwin was one of the authors of early editions until his death in 2007. Each edition has been organised, and edited by Professor David Taylor, Director of Pharmacy and Pathology at the Maudsley Hospital in London, UK. Other past authors include Veronica O'Keane, Denise Duncan, Kathryn Abel and Harry McConnell. The current MPG is written by Professor David Taylor, Carol Paton (Chief Pharmacist at Oxleas Mental Health Trust) and Professor Shitij Kapur (Dean of the Institute of Psychiatry.)

The first edition of the MPG was an A4 size internal publication of only 14 pages. The first commercial (A5) publication (the 5th edition, 1999) was printed and distributed by Martin Dunitz. The 6th (2001) and 7th (2003) were also published by Martin Dunitz. In 2004, Martin Dunitz were subsumed into Taylor and Francis Group and the 8th edition was published under this imprint in 2005. Taylor and Francis then became part of Informa Healthcare who published the 9th edition in 2007 and the 10th edition in 2009. The current edition, the 11th was published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2012. The 12th edition is now available to purchase and has recently been published in Japanese. A review of the 12th edition is available. The 13th edition is in production and is due out in 2018.

Various editions have been translated, beginning with an Italian version of the 7th edition. Later editions have been translated into Japanese, Portuguese, Polish, Spanish, Farsi, Romanian and Turkish. Total sales in all languages are thought to exceed 200,000 copies. Sales of the 11th edition exceed 22,000 as of December 2014. The Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines 12th edition is now available as a Mobile App

The MPG is probably the world's leading clinical reference in Psychiatry for handling prescribing problems as encountered in daily practice and for formulating prescribing policy.