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Medicine information leaflets now available in te reo Maori

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A series of medicine information leaflets for New Zealand health consumers - My Medicines - is being made available in te reo Māori.

My Medicines leaflets are developed by a team at Canterbury District Health Board made up of doctors and pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help keep language simple.

One of the barriers for consumers to access and use information about their medicine is the information not being available in their own language. My Medicines is making the information available in te reo Māori, as it is one of the official languages of New Zealand.

The My Medicines leaflets provide information about medicines in plain language that can be understood by most New Zealand adults. The leaflets include important points to help people make good decisions about taking a medicine. To avoid overloading people with too much information, not every possible detail is included.

At present, My Medicines includes 388 information leaflets. Among those available in te reo Māori are: allopurinol, amoxicillin - oral, aspirin - low dose, atorvastatin, cilazapril, metformin, metoprolol, omeprazole, prednisone and warfarin.

More leaflets in te reo Māori will become available as more translations are completed.

You can access the leaflets in two ways:

1. Go to the My Medicines website (mymedicines.nz):

- Click on a button or menu item in the top banner to find medicines sorted by name.

- Or use the ‘Search My Medicines’ search box.

2. Go to the New Zealand Formulary website (nzf.org.nz):

- In the ‘New Zealand Formulary - Home’ menu, click on ‘Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) Index’ and choose a leaflet available in te reo Māori.

- Or use the ‘Search NZF’ search box (the leaflets are in the ‘Patient advice’ section near the bottom of the page).

If you have questions about your medicine, talk to your pharmacist, nurse or doctor.

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