Revised: 18 April 2017


Data Sheets and Consumer Medicine Information

Data Sheets and Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) are published here on behalf of pharmaceutical companies. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, or have any queries about this information, please contact the pharmaceutical company named as the sponsor in the data sheet or CMI.

Search by ingredient, trade name or company

  • To find a data sheet or CMI: enter the active ingredient (generic name) or medicine's trade (brand) name in the "Medicine" field and click on "Search".
    You do not need to enter the whole name if you are unsure of the correct spelling.
  • To find all data sheets or CMIs for a sponsor, enter the sponsor's name in the "Sponsor" field and click on "Search".

Alphabetical listing of data sheets
Alphabetical listing of CMIs
CMIs for Active Ingredients in Cough and Cold Medicines

Commercial Use: Permission must be obtained from the sponsors (pharmaceutical companies) of the medicines concerned.

More information about CMI

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What is CMI?

CMI is useful information about your medicine and is written especially for you. CMI contains advice such as what the medicine is used for, how it should be taken, what side effects can occur, whether you can drive or drink alcohol while taking the medicine, and what to do if you miss a dose. However, CMI do not contain all the available information about the medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking the medicine.

Who Writes CMI?

Pharmaceutical companies are responsible for producing CMI. However, in New Zealand there are no legal requirements for them to do so. The CMIs that are on this website have been written by pharmaceutical companies, using Guidelines set by Medsafe. The companies self-assess what information goes in each CMI against the requirements of the Guidelines. Medsafe does not evaluate or approve CMIs, therefore Medsafe is not responsible for the information contained in a CMI.

Can't Find a CMI?

Each month, more CMIs are added to this website. If you cannot find a CMI for your medicine, it is most likely because the pharmaceutical company that makes or distributes your medicine has not yet written the CMI. Your doctor or pharmacist should be able to provide you with the information you need.

Consumers' Rights

Patients have the right to treatment that meets appropriate ethical and professional standards, including the right to be fully informed about the risks and benefits relating to efficacy and safety of medicines.

A full copy of the Code of Consumers' Rights is available on the Health and Disability Commissioner's website.

Data Sheets are Changing - More information

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In March 2016, Medsafe held a consultation on the format of the data sheets. As a result of this consultation, Medsafe has now confirmed that the data sheets should follow the European Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) format. This means that the information will be ordered in the same sequence in all data sheets with the clinical information near the beginning. In addition, there will be a summary table at the end of each data sheet outlining the changes from the previous version.

The change-over has already started. Companies have until 28 February 2019 to reformat their existing data sheets.

Additional information can also be found on the Medsafe website at the following links

Data sheet template (Word 18 KB, 1 page)
Data sheet template explanatory guide (PDF 241 KB, 25 pages)
Tips for changing to the new data sheet format
Part 10: of the Guideline on the Regulation of Therapeutic Products in New Zealand (PDF 117 KB 13 pages)
Information on the outcome of the consultation including the Summary of Consultation Responses

Data sheets and CMIs are published on the Medsafe website in Portable Document Format (PDF). To read a PDF you need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.
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