New Zealand Tall Man lettering list

9 Dec 2013 | Medication Safety

The New Zealand Tall Man lettering list (‘the NZ list’) includes look-alike, sound-alike medicine names that have been predicted to pose the greatest risk to patient safety.

The NZ list is recommended for use by:

  • software vendors in medicine pick or drop-down lists in pharmacy and prescriber systems, to support prescribing and dispensing activities
  • software vendors in medicine pick or drop-down lists requiring a person to select individual medicines as part of the creation of a clinical record or some other clinical task
  • users who download NZULM data to generate their own medicine lists for a variety of in-house uses, including drop-down lists in ‘smart’ pumps, electronic medicine administration records and automated dispensing cabinet screens such as PYXIS medicine storage layout.

Last updated 19/11/2019