Published: 3 December 2020


In memoriam – Chip Gresham, Medicines Adverse Reactions Committee member

Published: 3 December 2020
Prescriber Update 41(4): 65

December 2020

Dr Chip Gresham passed away unexpectedly on 12 August 2020.

Medsafe and the Medicines Adverse Reactions Committee (MARC) would like to express our shock and sadness at the passing of Dr Chip Gresham. Chip was appointed to the MARC in August 2019 for his expertise in clinical toxicology. Although Chip had only recently joined the Committee, he hit the ground running, providing helpful comments and discussions from his extensive knowledge of toxicology and health systems. Fortuitously, in his very first MARC meeting, the Committee discussed the toxicity of Bonjela, the benefits and risks of Cafergot and the risk of abuse of dextromethorphan, all issues that included a clinical toxicology component. In subsequent meetings, Chip advocated for the education of prescribers, contributed to other discussions and highlighted the importance of a CARM case, leading to its inclusion in Prescriber Update.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Chip's family and friends.

Kua hinga te tōtara i te wao nui a Tāne

Ka hotuhotu te manawa, ka tangi te ngākau i raro i tenei kapua pouri.

The tōtara has fallen in the great forest of Tāne

Breathe deeply and the heart cries under this dark cloud.

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