Consumers

Links to medicines information to help you to understand the medicines you take to manage your health conditions.

Page last updated: 01 June 2011

Are there any tools available to assist me to keep track of my medicine/s?

It is important to keep a list of all of your current medicines, including prescription, non-prescription and complementary healthcare products. Tools are available to assist you with this, such as a Medicines List, which has been developed by the National Prescribing Service to be used as an up to date medicines record. Further information about the Medicines List is available at: http://www.nps.org.au/consumers/tools_and_tips/medicines_list

What questions should I ask my health professional about my medicine/s?

It is suggested that you write down the things you need to ask about your medicines before you see your health professional. The National Prescribing Service has developed a list of questions that you could ask your health professional. This list is available at: http://www.nps.org.au/consumers/tools_and_tips/medimate/medimate_brochure/questions_to_ask_your_docotr_and_pharmacist

What is Consumer Medicines Information?

Consumer Medicines Information (CMI) is designed to inform consumers about prescription and pharmacist-only medicines. It provides information about a medicine and is written by the pharmaceutical manufacturer.

A CMI gives you important facts to know before, during and after taking your medicine.

The content of a CMI is defined by legislation and includes headings such as how to take your medicines, side effects and a description of the product. The legislation ensures the leaflet is accurate, unbiased and easy to use.

Further information is available on the National Prescribing Service website at: http://www.nps.org.au/search_by_medicine_name.

A CMI search facility is also available on the Therapeutic Goods Administration website at:http://www.tga.gov.au/about/ebs-picmi.htm.

How much do my medicines cost?

The Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits provides a listing of the medicines subsidised by the Australian Government. The Schedule is part of the wider Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme administered by the Department of Health and Ageing and Medicare Australia. Further information is available at: http://www.pbs.gov.au.

Further information on how to save money on your medicine/s as well as information on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Safety Net is available at: http://www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/public/services/scripts/index.jsp

What do I do if I experience an adverse medicine event?

Information about how to report and discuss adverse experiences with medicines is available on the National Prescribing Service website at:

http://www.nps.org.au/consumers/ask_an_expert/contact_a_health_professional/adverse_medicines_events, and the Therapeutic Goods Administration website at:http://www.tga.gov.au/safety/problem-medicine.htm.

How do I dispose of my medicine/s?

Since 1998 the Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) Project has provided for the collection and disposal of unwanted and out-of-date medicines from you through community pharmacies across Australia. The RUM Project is funded by the Department of Health and Ageing. Further information is available at: http://www.returnmed.com.au/.

Where can I go for further information about my medicine/s?

Further information about medicines is available from a number of trusted resources, including:

National Prescribing Service

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule

The Therapeutic Goods Administration

HealthInsite

Medicines Line

Immunise Australia Program

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