If you don’t (and chances are you don’t) then a new lens for Unity lets you access online copies of these leaflets, along with additional information on your medicine’s characteristics.
You can search by drug name (e.g. Fluoxetine), product/brand name (e.g. Prozac), or company name (e.g. GlaxoSmithKline Ltd)
Results, which are intended for UK and ROI users, are divided into two categories:
- Top: Summary of Product Characteristics
- Bottom: Patient Information Leaflets
Depending on your location the lens will serve up data from either Medicines.ie or emc.medicines.org.uk. A filter is available should you wish to swap between sources.
The developer says of these:
“Both of these are not-for-profit representative bodies of the pharmaceutical industry in Ireland and the UK and the websites are considered as reliable sources of medicines information by health-care professionals.”
How to Install Unity Medicines Lens in Ubuntu 12.04
Installation of medication Lens in Ubuntu Unity, open Terminal and enter commands:
After installation has completed you will need to log out of your desktop session and back in before the Lens appears in the Unity Dash.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:markjtully/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install unity-lens-medicines