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.
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.
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. A CMI search facility is also available on the Therapeutic Goods Administration website.
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 Medicare Australia.
Further information on how to save money on your medicine/s as well as information on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Safety Net is available on the Medicare Australia website.
What do I do if I experience an adverse medicine event?
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Since 1998 the Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) Project has provided for the collection and disposal of unwanted and out-of-date medicines from you through community pharmacies across Australia.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.
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
- Medicines Line
- Immunise Australia Program
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