The Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA) is committed to ensuring that Medicines.ie is accessible for everyone, including those with partial vision or no vision. 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.
Where possible, medicines.ie complies with the accessibility standards specified by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) .
The information about medicines is provided directly by the pharmaceutical companies and is their sole responsibility. The body of the website is provided by IPHA.
Design and layout
The website uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to control all the presentation and layout. The IPHA 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 who are blind or partially-sighted (XPIL)
Some pharmaceutical companies have chosen to display Patient Information Leaflets (PIL) in a HTML text only “Print View” version, called an XPIL, as well as in PDF format. The XPIL is designed for people who are blind or partially-sighted.
Braille versions of the Leaflet
The UK’s Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) provides braille versions of leaflets upon request. The RNIB’s Membership Form and details of the annual cost is attached. If you wish to avail of this service please contact the RNIB directly as IPHA is not involved in the provision of this service (only in confirming that the service exists).
The RNIB contact details are:
Roy Ellis, Account Executive – RNIB Services
RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) Midgate House, Midgate, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE1 1TN
t: 01733 375234
The following organisations also provide leaflets in Braille, upon request:
https://www.sensus.dk/en?language=en (email: firstname.lastname@example.org ); and https://www.vstrading.co.uk/ .
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