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Consumer factsheet: Insulin

PUBLICATION: 4 Feb 2015, Medication

Factsheet for consumers about insulin including when and how long to take it, possible side effects and other things to check with your pharmacist.

Consumer factsheet: Warfarin

PUBLICATION: 4 Feb 2015, Medication

Factsheet for consumers about warfarin including when and how long to take it, possible side effects and other things to check with your pharmacist.

Consumer factsheet: Methotrexate

PUBLICATION: 4 Feb 2015, Medication

Factsheet for consumers about methotrexate including when and how long to take it, possible side effects and other things to check with your pharmacist.

Reducing harm from high-risk medicines ‘one step’ at a time

NEWS: 27 Jan 2015, Medication

The Health Quality & Safety Commission’s new series of ‘one steps’ is packed with ways to help reduce harm from high-risk medicines, the current focus of the Commission’s Open for better care national patient safety campaign.

Let’s PLAN pharmacy week

NEWS: 17 Dec 2014, Open for better care

February 22 to 28 will be Let’s PLAN pharmacy week. The week is about encouraging people to learn more about their medicines by talking to their pharmacists, or taking away information. The overall aim is to improve health literacy and reduce harm from hi

Further rollout of community electronic prescriptions

NEWS: 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

NEWS: 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.

Let's PLAN for better care

NEWS: 20 Oct 2014, Patient Safety Week

Let’s PLAN for better care is being launched by the Health Quality & Safety Commission in Patient Safety Week, November 3 to 9.

Participants sought for study to improve pharmacy services

NEWS: 23 Jun 2014, Partners in Care

The University of Auckland's School of Pharmacy is looking for people who live with a disability, to participate in a study about how people with disabilities interact with pharmacies and pharmacy staff.

New Zealand Tall Man lettering list now available

NEWS: 9 Dec 2013, Medication Safety

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

Catherine Keenan: Health literacy in action

PUBLICATION: 25 Oct 2013, Partners in Care

Catherine Keenan, owner of Vivian Pharmacy in New Plymouth, talks about participation in the health literacy medication safety demonstration project.

Vitamin D project helps prevent falls and saves health costs

NEWS: 8 Aug 2013, Reducing Harm from Falls

Associate Minister of Health Jo Goodhew says MidCentral District Health Board's (DHB’s) vitamin D project is a good example of how a simple intervention can improve lives and save health dollars.