The warning area of your medicine package or package leaflet should inform you if you notice any side effects after taking or using the product. Make sure you read the information on the medical leaflets in Australia and the Patient Implant Card.
When users have been prescribed a drug, they often know very little about what to do. In anticipation of the availability of medical leaflets in Australia on the Internet and in leaflets, it is not uncommon for consumers to receive medicine without receiving the advice they need to ensure that it can be used safely and effectively. A doctor or pharmacist can help consumers talk about the CMI of a drug and the use of off-label indications.
Although it is justified to acknowledge that CMI may not be the most appropriate source of information for consumers, CMI as a 'counseling tool has many potential positive benefits, as it improves patient familiarity and confidence in CMI, increases its readership, and is used to empower patients and increase their knowledge of their medicine.
A CMI brochure informs you about the use of your medicine. Reading CMIs can help you understand how you are taking your medication and give information about possible side effects and interactions with other substances. Check that the brand name of the CMI matches the brand name of your medication.
The Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) leaflets give you important information about your medications. The CMI brochure serves to inform patients and is an integral part of effective medical care.
Given the responsibility of health professionals to ensure that patients are informed of the risks and benefits of their medicines, the low response rate of CMI is alarming. The National Guide to CMI, published in 2000 in the Strategy for Quality in the Use of Medicinal Products was to ensure that information on medicines was designed to inform consumers, prescription pharmacists, and drug readers in a friendly and standardized way. We are in an uncertain and less effective situation where CMI leaflets are no longer included in packaging and patients are not given the information they need.