Looking for the X-PIL Website?

The X-PIL website was decommissioned in August 2016; all users of X-PIL are now redirected to emc (this website). emc provides access to up-to-date, approved and regulated prescribing information for licensed medicines. It contains all of the information that was previously available on the X-PIL website and is also available in a mobile friendly form.

What is X-PIL?

X-PIL ensures that patient information leaflets (PILs) supplied with medicines are accessible to everyone, including those with sight problems.

X-PIL is a collaboration between Datapharm and the Pharmaceutical industry. This website and emc accessibility are managed and published by Datapharm, the PILs are supplied and updated regularly by UK pharmaceutical companies and RNIB deliver Braille, large print and an audio version of the information on behalf of Datapharm.

The number for emc accessibility is: 0800 198 5000.

By calling this number you can listen to and/or request patient information leaflets (PILs):

  • In large/clear print
  • In Braille
  • On audio CD

When you call emc accessibility you will need to provide the following information:

  • The name of the medicine
  • The medicine's product code number

The product code number is also called the licence number or marketing authorisation number. It is usually an eight or nine digit number and might have PL or EU in front of it, e.g. PL xxxxx/xxxx or EU x/xx/xxx/xxx. This number can be found in a number of places:

  • On the outer packaging of the medicine (e.g. the box)
  • Some PILs include the product licence number at the bottom of the leaflet
  • If the X-PIL is displayed on emc, the product licence number may be displayed at the top of the leaflet

If you are not sure what the product licence number is, don't worry. Ask a sighted person or your pharmacist to help you find this information. At any point during your call to emc accessibility you can choose to speak to a person.

The emc accessibility phone line is free to use and can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.