Medicines Explained

You can find out about your medicines in many ways. Your doctor or pharmacist can give you information about your medicines. The National Prescribing Service has a ‘Medicines Line’. They will give you independent information on your medicines.

Your local hospital may have a medicines information service. Call your local hospital and ask to speak with the pharmacy department.

Drug companies are required to tell you about the medicine you are taking in a Consumer Medicines Information (CMI) leaflet. It aims to give you information that is accurate, fair and easy to understand. This is often inside the medicine box or packaging.

Your doctor or pharmacist may suggest a Home Medicines Review (HMR). This can be helpful to look at the medicines that you are taking. Your pharmacist can do this at home for you, or perhaps at your doctor’s surgery. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist how this can be arranged.

The National Prescribing Service Medicines Line - To contact them use: 1300 633 424. You can talk to a pharmacist between 9am and 6pm Monday to Friday, Eastern Standard Time (EST) for the cost of a local call (mobile calls may cost more).



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Last updated 28 April 2020