Tools to assist you to keep track of your 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.
Questions to ask your health professional about your medicine/sIt is important to know what to ask your health professional when making choices about taking medication. NPS MedicineWise has developed a list of questions that you can ask your health professional at your next visit to help you weigh up the pros and cons of taking a medication and tips on how to work with your health professional to make the right decisions for you.
What is Consumer Medicines Information (CMI)?It is important to understand the medicines you are taking and how to use them correctly. Consumer Medicine Information (CMI), produced by the pharmaceutical manufacturer, is designed to provide you with important facts to know before, during and after taking your medicine.
CMIs are available from different sources, such as within the medicine package, supplied by the pharmacist as a leaflet, or provided by your doctor. You can also source the most current CMI information on the Therapeutic Goods Administration website.
The content of a CMI is defined by Regulation 9A and Schedule 12 of the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990 and should include:
- product identification;
- what it is used for and how it works;
- advice before using the product;
- correct use of the product;
- unwanted effects of the product:
- what to do in case of an overdose;
- storage conditions
- any other relevant information;
- where to go for further information; and
- the date on which the document was last reviewed.
How much do your 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 to do if you experience an adverse medicine event?Information about how to report and discuss adverse experiences with medicines is available on the NPS MedicineWise Adverse Medicine Events Line website and the Therapeutic Goods Administration website.
How to dispose of your medicine/s?The National Return and Disposal of Unwanted Medicines (NatRUM) Program is an Australian Government initiative administered by the Department of Health which has been in operation since 1998. NatRUM facilitates a national service disposing of medicines in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Consumers are able to return their expired and unwanted medicines to any community pharmacy across Australia. There is no fee charged either to consumers or community pharmacies for this service.
For further information on the NatRUM Program please visit the Return Unwanted Medicines website.
Where you can go for further information about your medicine/s?Further information about medicines is available from a number of trusted resources, including:
- NPS MedicineWise
- The Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule
- The Therapeutic Goods Administration
- Immunise Australia Program