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NPS MedicineWise

NPS MedicineWise is an independent, not-for-profit, evidence-based and consumer-centred organisation, working to improve the way health technologies, medicines and medical tests are prescribed and used.

Established in 1998 with the primary aim of promoting quality use of medicines, today it has grown to connect with health consumers and health professionals nation-wide, changing attitudes and behaviours, and empowering all Australians to make the best possible healthcare decisions when they count.

Vision and mission

To enable people to make and act on the best decisions about medicines, medical tests, health technologies and other options for better heath and economic outcomes.

Its work ensures that people can access the best care and achieve the best value, considering individual circumstances.

How NPS Medicinewise can help

NPS MedicineWise provides practical tools and information about medicines, health conditions and medical tests.

Information lines

Call the NPS Medicines Line on 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424) for information on prescription, over-the-counter and complementary (herbal, ‘natural’, vitamin and mineral) medicines over the phone from anywhere in Australia.

Calls from anywhere except QLD and VIC are triaged by Healthdirect Australia. Hours of operation: Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm AEST (excluding NSW public holidays).

Call the Adverse Medicine Events Line on 1300 134 237 from anywhere in Australia. Hours of operation: Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm AEST (excluding public holidays).

For emergencies - if you have concerns about your medicines arising from an overdose or suspected poisoning, call the Poisons Information Centre, 24 hours a day on 13 11 26. For general emergencies call 000.

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Last reviewed: February 2020

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Thyroid disease: challenges in primary care - NPS MedicineWise

Thyroid testing should only be requested after a detailed clinical history and targeted physical examination have suggested thyroid problems. Find out more.

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Living with multiple medicines - NPS MedicineWise

In this study, we spoke to people who take five or more medicines, including prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines that are purchased without a prescription

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Vaccines and COVID-19 - NPS MedicineWise

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Antidepressant medicines explained - NPS MedicineWise

Find out more about antidepressants & your options for medicine & non-medicine treatment of depression.

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Magnesium, a treatment for leg cramps? - NPS MedicineWise

Quinine was once standard for leg cramps but has proved to have too many adverse effects. Is magnesium an option for patients with leg cramps?

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Restavit Tablets - NPS MedicineWise

Please read this leaflet carefully before you start using Restavit Tablets

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Anxiety disorders: use of evidence-based treatments

Listen to our interdisciplinary panel discuss assessment and management of anxiety disorders.

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Safe and appropriate use of paracetamol: closing the consumer knowledge gap - NPS MedicineWise

Paracetamol is commonly used, but misuse and overdoses do occur. Patient education on the safe use of paracetamol is crucial in preventing accidental overdose.

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Real-time prescription monitoring (SafeScript)

A series of three modules to train prescribers and pharmacists on the use of the SafeScript system. 

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Medicine costs: how to reduce them

Medicines can be expensive, especially if you have to take more than one. Find out how to keep the cost of medicines down. 

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