Revised: 4 July 2013

Information for Consumers

Where to go for Information About Medicines

You have a right to ask for as much information as you want about the medicines you take. You should make sure you understand the benefits and potential risks of medicines before you start taking them.

If you have questions or concerns or just want to know more about a particular medicine you can:

  • talk to your pharmacist
  • ask your doctor
  • talk to your nurse or other healthcare professional
  • contact the pharmaceutical company that markets the medicine.  Your pharmacist can help you if the address and phone number of the company is not on the packaging.

Don't be afraid to ask, and never feel your healthcare professional is too busy or too important to answer your questions.

Other sources of information include the following.

  • Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) this information about a medicine written in plain language specifically for consumers.
  • Most public libraries hold copies of textbooks and other publications about medicines. Ask the librarian to help you find the appropriate book
  • A medicine data sheet contains detailed information about a medicine. Because it is written for prescribers, it contains complex medical information and terms that may be difficult to understand.

Find Consumer Medicine Information (CMI)

Find a medicine data sheet

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