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The Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA) is committed to ensuring that medicines.ie is accessible for everyone, including those with sight problems or other disabilities. We appreciate that some people will use special assistive technologies to read our website, such as screen readers and screen magnifiers. We will try to make sure our websites work well with these tools.

Accessibility standards

Where possible, medicines.ie complies with the accessibility standards specified by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).


We write all the support text on our website, but most of the documents on our website are provided directly by pharmaceutical companies. Some of these documents are written for healthcare professionals using medical terms and so some people might not understand them. For the text that we write, we try to make sure it is clear, simple and easy to understand.

  • Headings highlight sections of text.
  • Sentences are short.
  • Links use meaningful text.
  • Forms can be navigated using the tab key.

Design and layout

The website uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to control all the presentation and layout. Our page layout is consistent as you move from page to page.

We use contrasting text and backgrounds to improve visibility.

Changing your browser settings

medicines.ie is designed so that you can change the font, size and colour of the text or background. You can also change the mouse pointer and use a keyboard instead of your mouse. For detailed information on how to make these changes, visit the BBC website, My Web My Way.

Increasing text size

The text size on medicines.ie can be increased using the text size selector in the top right hand corner of this website. This allows you display text in small, medium or large font size.

Leaflets for people with sight problems (X-PILS)

Some pharmaceutical companies have chosen to display their Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) in PDF format and also as a text only version, called an X-PIL. The X-PIL is designed for people with sight problems and can be read by screen readers, or printed in large print.

Help with PDF files

There are Adobe Acrobat PDF files on this site. You will need the free Acrobat Reader software to view these files. If you do not have the software installed on your computer, you can download it for free from Adobe.com