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Further rollout of community electronic prescriptions

17 Dec 2014, Medication Safety

Almost all New Zealand’s pharmacies are now connected to the New Zealand ePrescription Service (NZePS), with the few remaining pharmacies expected to be connected by the end of the year.

New clinical lead for Medication Safety programme

22 Oct 2014, Medication Safety

The Commission is pleased to announce that Dr John Barnard, Clinical Director of Pharmacy and Consultant Anaesthetist at Waikato DHB, is the new clinical lead for the medication safety programme.

Medication Safety Forum 2014

16 Oct 2014, Medication Safety

Join in the launch of the Open for better care medication safety campaign and collaborative.

Update from the Medication Safety programme: August 2014

20 Aug 2014, Medication Safety

An update from the Commission's Medication Safety programme team about upcoming activities including the medication safety forum, the Open for better care campaign focus, the safe use of opioids collaborative and a new alert about metoprolol.

Entries open for Value of Medicines Award

28 Jul 2014, Medication Safety

Medicines New Zealand is looking for nominations for its fourth annual Value of Medicines Award. The $20,000 prize will be presented to a researcher or clinician whose work shows the potential to improve the health of New Zealanders – and maybe even save

Medication Safety programme update

24 Jul 2014, Medication Safety

An update from the Commission's Medication Safety programme, covering the national medication safety forum, the Open campaign, safe use of opioids national collaborative, quality and safety markers and the departure of the clinical lead.

Save the date: Medication Safety Forum

18 Jul 2014, Medication Safety

The Health Quality & Safety Commission is excited to launch the high-risk medicine topic for the Open for better care campaign and safe use of opioids collaborative.

Medication Safety programme update

25 Jun 2014, Medication Safety

The Commission is planning a three-year medication safety improvement programme on high-risk medicines across primary and secondary care settings, with an initial focus on reducing harm from opioids (eg, morphine and oxycodone) in secondary care.

Metoprolol draft alert: feedback requested

14 Apr 2014, Medication Safety

The Medication Safety Expert Advisory Group is developing a full alert to supplement the safety signal issued in October 2012 on oral metoprolol administration.