Objectives: Our aim was to assess basic drug information given by physicians when prescribing new topical medication and to compare this with outpatients' subsequent knowledge. Methods: Basic drug information was noted during consultations. Subsequently, patients answered a questionnaire regarding diagnosis, treatment, and satisfaction with the consultation. Neither physicians nor patients were informed about the specific study objective. Results: A total of 17 patients were included. Information provided during the consultations versus patients' knowledge after 2 weeks was: diagnosis (65% vs 41 %), dosage by number (100% vs 71%), dosage by quantity (18% vs 12%), and treatment duration (65% vs 35%). None was informed about adverse effects and 47% were fully satisfied with the consultation. Conclusions: Basic drug information provided by physicians was deficient and patients' knowledge was even lower.