Consumers

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

Page last updated: 22 August 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.

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Since 1998 the Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) Project has provided for the collection and disposal of unwanted and out-of-date medicines from you through community pharmacies across Australia.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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