Revised: 4 July 2013
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
If you have any specific 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.
Othere 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
Find a medicine data