New national guiding principles for safer use of medicines
The Australian Government has released new national guiding principles to encourage safer use of medicines for consumers, the Minister for Health and Ageing, Tony Abbott, said today.
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19 August 2005
The Commonwealth Government has today released new national guiding principles to encourage safer use of medicines for consumers.
The guiding principles, developed by the Australian Pharmaceutical Advisory Council, will help improve the safe and effective use of medicines as consumers move through different health care situations, including in hospitals and residential and community care.
The Guiding principles to achieve continuity in medication management have been developed for all health care providers, such as hospitals, nursing homes and other health institutions. This new publication updates a 1998 edition that is currently used in health institutions. Adoption of these guiding principles will help reduce problems relating to medicines.
Governments and health care professionals including doctors, pharmacists, nurses and allied health professionals, health services, consumers and their carers have a shared responsibility to overcome these problems.
The guiding principles will be distributed widely to public and private hospitals, health professionals, consumer groups and relevant government and non-government agencies.
The government hopes that everyone involved with medicines in the health sector will cooperate in putting these new Guiding principles in place. State and territory health departments will also be asked to implement the principles within their jurisdictions.
An electronic version of the new principles is at: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/wcms/publishing.nsf/Content/nmp-guiding
For more information call Mr Abbott's office on ph 02 6277 7220.
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