A guide to medicines and health, produced by a partnership of health professionals, patient organisations, the NHS, Government and the pharmaceutical industry, is now available for patients. The Health & Medicines information guide & directory 2004 provides advice on where to find health information, including tips on asking questions and topics that patients might want to cover in a discussion.
The booklet is just one of the activities associated with Ask About Medicines Week 2004 (November 1-6) and recognises that the pharmaceutical industry regularly provides high-quality, non-promotional information on medical conditions, treatment options and medicines.
The booklet will be distributed to GP surgeries, retail chemists and hospital outpatients departments throughout the UK.
"There is an enormous amount of information about health and medicines available, but it is not always easy to know how and where to start looking for reliable information," said ABPI Director General, Dr Richard Barker
"We are delighted to improve on last year's directory by providing this booklet alongside a fully searchable online version. This venture seeks to help patients find out more about their health and the various treatments that can help them, including medicines,"
"Patients deserve to have the best possible quality information about medicines and this directory shows that the pharmaceutical industry has an important role to play in providing this".
The Health & Medicines Information Guide & Directory 2004 is available online from www.askaboutmedicines.org
For further information, please contact: ABPI Press Office 020 7747 1410