Be Medicinewise Week 2017


For seven years, NPS MedicineWise has been encouraging Australians to get the most out of their medicines through Be Medicinewise Week. This year the message is medicine misuse can happen to anyone.

Prescription medicine misuse has been declared a ‘national emergency’ affecting almost one million Australians – but what is medicine misuse?

If people are not taking medicines as directed they may be misusing them. This might be:

  • taking medicines at the wrong time, or the wrong dose
  • taking medicines in unsafe ways such as opening pills or cutting patches
  • sharing medicines with family or friends
  • taking multiple medicines which could lead to incorrect dosing or side effects
  • taking medicines with other substances like illegal drugs or alcohol.
Simple actions can prevent medicine misuse. Follow advice from your doctor, nurse or pharmacist and read the labels and packaging of your medicines carefully.

Being medicinewise means asking the right questions - read the Choosing Wisely 5 questions to ask your doctor or other healthcare provider, and take them along to your next doctor’s appointment.
  • Worried about medicine misuse? Phone the NPS MedicineWise Medicines Line on 1300 MEDICINES (633 424)
  • Download the free NPS MedicineWise MedicineWise app to help you manage your medicines
  • Download the Be Medicinewise Week toolkit and help us spread the message

Be Medicinewise Week is runnning this week -  21 – 27 August.

Last reviewed 11 July 2017

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