Canterbury DHB


March 2024

Pink Book General Advice and Introduction

Individualising Drug Therapy


Moved. This guidance is reasonable for all patients.

Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR) Reporting Guidelines and Assessing Adverse Drug Reactions


Moved. This guidance is reasonable for all patients.

Prescribing Instructions for Medicines


Added comment to ensure an accurate and recent record of body weight for children.

Added comment that as part of feeling confident about the prescribed medicine, the patient has access to culturally appropriate information.

Added link to Dispensing from Ward Stock in MedChart.

Prescribing Guidelines

Drug-specific Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM) information


Reviewed and deleted.

Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM)


Reviewed and updated to clarify that:

  • CHL Test Manager includes a comprehensive list of every medicine it tests; with information about blood sample tube, sample timing, half-life, and steady-state.
  • Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM) profiles are available for selected medicines on the Christchurch Medicines Information Service website.
  • Pharmacokinetic Table notes when TDM is available at Health New Zealand Canterbury hospitals.

Pharmacokinetic Table



Added link to TDM profile.




Information about this Canterbury DHB document (1360940):

Document Owner:

Not assigned (see Who's Who)

Last Updated:

March 2024

Next Review Due:



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Topic Code: 1360940