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Patients’ better access to medicine information

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Media Release

Patients will have better access to information about how prescription medicines should be used, following the publication of Consumer Medicine Information on the website of the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

The Federal Government announced yesterday that the TGA has begun the process of posting on its website consumer information for all prescription medicines.

Medicines Australia’s acting chief executive Dr Brendan Shaw welcomed the initiative, saying it would bring significant benefit to patients and encourage more appropriate use of medicines.

“It is important that patients understand how their medicines work and how they should be properly used because medicines used properly work best,” Dr Shaw said.

“This initiative makes it easier for patients to find reliable, accurate information about their prescription medicines.

“Consumer Medicine Information will continue to be available from pharmacists whenever a prescription medicine is dispensed. But patients will now also be able to find it easily online.

“Pharmaceutical manufacturers provide this information to consumers because they have a responsibility to ensure their medicines are used appropriately.

“Medicines Australia has long argued that Consumer Medicine Information should be freely available on the TGA website. The Government has considered those arguments and has acted on them.

“This is an initiative which shows how Government and industry can work together to deliver a positive outcome for patients.”

The TGA will also publish Product Information, which provides doctors with technical information about the medicines they prescribe.

Consumer Medicine Information and Product Information is available at: http://www.tga.gov.au/meds/picmi.htm

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Contact Person:

Jamie Nicholson
Media Communications Manager
Phone: 0419 220 293
Email:
Jamie.Nicholson@medicinesaustralia.com.au

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