Whether you are a doctor, a pharmacist, a nurse or another professional working with medicines, the New Zealand Universal List of Medicines (NZULM) provides a trusted, one-stop-shop for practical and commonly used information about medicines.
The NZULM is a dictionary of trusted, standardised information about medicines covering medicines approved for supply in New Zealand as well as products listed in PHARMAC's Pharmaceutical Schedule which fall outside of this category. It also includes medicines imported under Section 29 of the Medicines Act.
It is free to use and can be accessed through this website. It is also be available through participating software systems.
Medicines information in the NZULM includes:
The NZULM uses the New Zealand Medicines Terminology (NZMT), a "common language" in which medicines are described and coded using international standards.
There are no changes to the roles of Medsafe, PHARMAC or the Pharmacy Guild.
NZULM information is continuously updated under strict quality assurance processes.
Please note that the website is a window into the information available in NZULM. It is not a prescribing or dispensing tool, nor does it provide clinical decision support to clinicians.
Providers of prescribing, dispensing or clinical information systems should find that using the NZULM reduces the time spent gathering medicines information and putting it into a format that will work with their systems.
The NZULM is an important new foundation for the health system. It will enhance patient safety, the safe use of medicines, and the efficiency and effectiveness of prescribing and dispensing systems. It will also contribute to better reporting of medicines information, as well as health sector initiatives such as ePharmacy and the New Zealand Medicines Formulary.
The NZ Formulary is now available.
It provides clinical reference information on top of (and including) the medicines information provided by the NZULM.
To find out more please visit nzformulary.org
July 2012 marked a year since the NZULM was released for general use. It is being used more and more by clinicians across the sector.
NZULM information can be accessed through the website; via smart phone apps on Android, iPhone and Windows 7 phones; is increasingly being embedded in clinical management systems for general practitioners, community pharmacists, hospital doctors and hospital pharmacists; and is powering the New Zealand Formulary and the NZ ePrescription service.
Over the last year the NZULM team has introduced a series of improvements to the NZULM and more exciting changes are planned or in development now.
For further information see our News page.
Here's a brief animated video that explains why the NZULM exists and what it does.
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