Open Email Discussions

The purpose of email discussions is to share information about medicines and practice in NSW public hospitals. NSW TAG members are encouraged to respond to email discussion requests for information. However it should be noted that information is only a current snapshot at the time the response is sent. The responses received are only representative of the hospitals participating in the discussion at the time (which may be small depending on the topic) and do not indicate a complete picture of current practices. It is recommended that email discussion topics are regularly brought to the attention of DTC meetings as they are likely to facilitate discussion of contemporary and emerging medicines and practice.

Completed email discussions can be found here.

Access to completed email discussions is only available to NSW TAG members. Please note, members should not share or pass on identifiable information to non-NSW TAG members. Non-NSW TAG members who are interested in an email discussion topic may obtain de-identified email discussions by contacting NSW TAG at

A list of the current open email discussions is shown below.

  • Formulary status of lidocaine 0.4% infusion bags

    A member has enquired about availability of a Schedule 5A product – lidocaine (lignocaine) 0.4% in glucose 5% infusion bags 550mL.

    Please provide responses to the following questions, by COB 13th January 2020:

    – Has your hospital/LHD considered a formulary application for lidocaine 0.4% infusion bags 550mL?

    – If yes, what was the outcome of the application and indication(s) listed for use?

    – If no, do you think it would be useful having this on formulary?

  • Prescribing nutritional feeds and supplements

    A member is seeking information about how nutritional feeds, administered by oral or enteral routes, and nutritional supplements (e.g. thiamine and multivitamin) are prescribed and documented.

    Please provide responses to the following questions, by COB 13th January 2020:

    – Are nutritional feeds/supplements ordered electronically or on paper? Is this different to how medications are ordered?
    – If electronically ordered, where are the orders documented? Does the location vary or is it consistent? Does it depend on the type of feed and/or nutritional supplement? Is this documented in local policy/ business rules? (Please provide relevant details).
    – Who can order/prescribe nutritional feeds and supplements? e.g. doctors only, dietitians as well as doctors etc.
    – Related comments and procedures are also welcome

  • Recently Completed Email Discussions

    • Governance of chemotherapy dosing protocols
    • Pharmacist prescribing in hospitals
    • Active ingredient prescribing
    • State-wide standing order for patient’s own adrenaline autoinjector in hospital
    • For DTC consideration: Listing of last line antimicrobials on the Life Saving Drug Register
    • TGA development of a new standard for 2D DataMatrix codes for medicines
    • The handling of sedating medicines in Emergency Departments


    Click here to access the completed email discussions page.