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Pharmacy staff profile

Mr David Woods

PositionProfessional Practice Fellow (part-time)
QualificationsBSc(Hons) MPharm FRPharms FPS
Research summaryClinically informative decision support; Age appropriate medicines
TeachingPHCY 541 and 542 (Medicines Management), Evidence-based medicine and clinical pharmacy
  • Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ)
  • Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)
  • Member of Medicines Safety Expert Advisory Group (New Zealand)
ClinicalConsultant Clinical Pharmacist at multidisciplinary pain clinic Clinical Adviser (pharmaceuticals), Best Practice Advocacy Centre (


My main research focus involves investigating ways to make clinical decision support more relevant and clinically informative, particularly the creation of adverse drug reaction propensity groups (rational data sets for ADR alerting). I have initially focused on drug allergy alerting systems but I am also looking at wider applications by integrating population data, comorbidities and drug groupings into clinical decision making.

After many years of involvement at a practice and advisory level, I still participate in research into age-appropriate medicines for children.

Additional details

I also work internationally as a pharmaceutical consultant, advising on medicines policy, rational drug use and evidence-based medicine.


Néri, E. D. R., Meira, A. S., Vasconcelos, H. B. d. S., Woods, D. J., & Fonteles, M. M. d. F. (2017). Knowledge, skills and attitudes of hospital pharmacists in the use of information technology and electronic tools to support clinical practice: A Brazilian survey. PLoS ONE, 12(12), e0189918. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0189918

Tomlin, A. M., Reith, D. M., Woods, D. J., Lloyd, H. S., Smith, A., Fountain, J. S., & Tilyard, M. W. (2017). A pharmacoepidemiology database system for monitoring risk due to the use of medicines by New Zealand primary care patients. Drug Safety, 40(12), 1259-1277. doi: 10.1007/s40264-017-0579-1

Silva, C. B., Araújo, T. D. D. V., Vasconcelos, P. R. L., De Paula, H. C. B., Nogueira, N. A. P., Lira, C. A. B. D. O., … Woods, D. J., & Fonteles, M. M. D. F. (2015). Gamma radiation as a method for sterilization of all-in-one admixtures bags for clinical use: A study of stability. International Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, 7(6), 129-135.

Silva, M. C. C., Sampaio, L. R. L., de Araújo, D. P., Araújo, P. V. P., Monte, A. S. P., Rodrigues, F. T. S., Woods, D. J., … Vasconcelos, S. M. M. (2014). Central effects of lipoic acid associated with paroxetine in mice. American Journal of Therapeutics, 21(2), 85-90. doi: 10.1097/MJT.0b013e318235f1a4

Linhares, M. I., Venâncio, E. T., Lima, C. N. C., Feitosa, M. L., Salviano, L. H. M. S., Souza, A. G., … Woods, D. J., … Fonteles, M. M. d. F. (2014). Methylphenidate: Proconvulsant effect and action on acetyl cholinesterase activity in young and adult mice. International Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, 6(7), 547-551.