Install Medication Lens in Ubuntu 12.04 Unity

By Umair Sunday, July 22, 2012

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
Unless you’re a health-care professional (or deeply interested learning more about your medication) you can ignore the top results.

Depending on your location the lens will serve up data from either or 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
Information provided by this lens is not intended to replace proper medical advice from a health-care professional.

Installation of medication Lens in Ubuntu Unity, open Terminal and enter commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:markjtully/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unity-lens-medicines
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.


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