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Piles of pills: Prescribing appropriate quantities of medicines

Medicine wastage is a significant problem in New Zealand, with large quantities of subsidised medicines dispensed, but never used. View Article

Melatonin: is it worth losing any sleep over?

Modified-release melatonin is an unsubsidised medicine that is approved for, and moderately effective at, improving sleep quality in adults with insomnia; other formulations... View Article

Prescribing testosterone in ageing males: why you shouldn’t read this article

Testosterone supplementation may be an appropriate treatment for males with clinical features of androgen deficiency and... View Article

A follow-up to acute coronary syndromes

The article: "The immediate management of acute coronary syndromes in primary care” attracted some interest from emergency care clinicians around the country... View Article

“Steady as she goes”: helping older people Stay Independent

This month we release a range of resources aimed at falls prevention within the community, developed in partnership with the (HQSC). View Article

An avoidable death: the importance of communication in clinical care

The following treatment injury case study was prepared by the (ACC) in conjunction with the (MSEAG) and the (HQSC). View Article

Latest News

Latest Audit Appropriate use of zopiclone and benzodiazepines for the treatment of insomnia

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A farewell to Best Tests, for now. The July 2015 edition of Best Tests concludes our contract to provide laboratory test utilisation education to general practitioners in New Zealand.

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Looking for a report? Prescribers can log-in to My bpac (or create a free account) to access individual prescribing or laboratory testing reports. Once you have logged-in, click on “My documents” in your account dashboard to see your available reports.

New Use of Hypnotics

Important message to readers. As a result of a change in funding arrangements there will be some differences to Best Practice Journal over the coming months. The Best Practice Journal will continue to be freely available online, but there will be changes to the hard copy version between now and June, 2015.

During this period of time we will be assessing the demand for retaining a print edition of BPJ, and investigating options for funding this.

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Peer Group Discussions In an ongoing series, we look back at the key messages and practice points from selected articles in Best Practice Journals.