Factsheet for helping people understand the active ingredient of medicines in English and other languages

13 May 2021

To help culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities have better access to important information about medicines, NPS MedicineWise has created a consumer fact sheet on active ingredients available in English and ten additional languages. 

GPs, nurses, pharmacists, other health professionals and carers who work with people who read Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese are encouraged to download the fact sheet to help people understand why the information on their prescription now looks different. 

To support greater consistency in the way people see their medicines information, listing of the active ingredient is mandatory for all Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Repatriation Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits (RPBS) prescriptions as of 1 February 2021, with a small number of exceptions. 

Download the factsheet here.