Welcome to SaferMedsNL website, an inventory of tools, resources, and information for patients and healthcare professionals in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Did you know there is an initiative in Newfoundland and Labrador providing tools, resources, and knowledge to both healthcare professionals and patients to curb the use of risky medications? SaferMedsNL is a collaboration between patients, pharmacists, doctors, and nurse practitioners all working together to improve the use of medications across the province.
Our province has some of the highest use of harmful medications across the country and we want to promote change around the use of these medications. There is a lot that can be done to make a change. Research suggests that working together with your pharmacist, nurse practitioner, or doctor is the best approach.
Be part of this change by asking your nurse practitioner, doctor, or pharmacist to review your medications.
Compared to the rest of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador has the highest use of proton pump inhibitors. Almost 1/3 of seniors in Newfoundland and Labrador take a proton pump inhibitor.
Chronic use of proton-pump inhibitors by seniors in each province
If you are interested in stopping your PPI, please talk to your pharmacist, doctor or nurse.
Not sure how to talk to your healthcare provider about stopping your proton pump inhibitor? Click here for some tips and tools on starting the conversation with your community pharmacists, nurse practitioner, or physician.
PLEASE do not stop or change ANY medication BEFORE CONSULTING YOUR DOCTOR, NURSE OR PHARMACIST.
SaferMedsNL is pleased to be working together with patient groups, healthcare professionals and the government to make positive changes to the way we use medications in Newfoundland and Labrador. Click here to find out more about our collaborators.
logos for government, CPSI, CADTH and Deprescribing.org to go here
Top banner photo courtesy of Memorial University