Musculoskeletal

Vitamin D

This report provides data on the use of vitamin D supplementation...

September 2016

Vitamin D and calcium supplementation in primary care: an update

In 2011, bpacnz produced guidance on vitamin D supplementation...

August 2016

Diagnosis and management of axial spondyloarthritis in primary care

Ankylosing spondylitis is a relatively uncommon inflammatory...

August 2016

Chronic pelvic pain in women

Chronic pelvic pain can cause significant disruption to the...

September 2015

An update on bisphosphonates

This report provides an update on the use of bisphosphonates...

November 2014

Investigating myalgia in patients taking statins

Muscle pain (myalgia) and weakness is experienced by up to 10%...

August 2014

Gout update: Febuxostat now subsidised on Special Authority

Febuxostat was added to the New Zealand Pharmaceutical Schedule...

July 2014

Assessing diabetic peripheral neuropathy in primary care

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is one of the most common long-term...

June 2014

A conversation about gout…

In New Zealand, the majority of people with gout have higher...

April 2014

Measuring serum urate levels

Gout is a common form of inflammatory arthritis that is caused...

April 2014

Long-term Use of Corticosteroids: Think about Bone Health

Bone density loss leading to osteoporosis is a risk for patients...

November 2013

Risedronate now fully subsidised: What is its place in practice?

Risedronate has been fully subsided in New Zealand without restriction...

November 2013

Calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease: The arthropathy formerly known as “Pseudogout”

A number of clinical syndromes are associated with the precipitation...

October 2013

Urinary incontinence in adults

Managing urinary incontinence goes beyond just treating the...

October 2013

Multiple sclerosis: Managing shades of grey

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory disease of the central...

August 2013

Polymyalgia rheumatica: Look before you leap

Polymyalgia rheumatica is an inflammatory condition that causes...

June 2013

An update on the management of gout

The management of gout involves treatment of an acute attack,...

March 2013

The night time hustle: managing restless legs syndrome in adults

Restless legs syndrome is a common neurological disorder that...

December 2012

The medical management of gout revisited

Gout has a significant impact on Māori in New Zealand. Management...

August 2011

Gout: an alarm bell for diabetes and cardiovascular disease

Counties Manukau DHB Māori Gout Action Group have identified...

August 2011

Vitamin D supplementation: Navigating the debate

Despite the increasing focus on vitamin D levels and claimed...

June 2011

Methotrexate prescribing errors can be fatal

When used and monitored correctly methotrexate can be an effective...

February 2011

Genes, fructose, allopurinol and gout

A short article on gout with specific reference to Pacific...

November 2010

Snippets: Iodine supplements Zoledronic acid & Atorvastatin


• Iodine supplements now funded
• Zoledronic acid now funded
• Atorvastatin...

August 2010

Snippets: Nicotinic acid Fosamax Plus & Genetic testing

Nicotinic acid/laropiprant (Tredaptive) ▪ Fosamax Plus...

November 2009

TNF inhibitors - an update

Tumour necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors are used in the treatment...

November 2009

Practice tips: Bupropion colchicine & first void urine

Quick tips

July 2009

Five-minute back examination with neurological assessment

Instructions and illustrations for performing a quick examination...

June 2009

Fluoroquinolone-associated tendon disorders

The use of oral fluoroquinolones is associated with increased...

June 2009

Acute low back pain

Acute low back pain is common and most patients will fully recover...

June 2009

Management of non-specific back pain and lumbar radicular pain

Key aspects of management include reassurance, education and...

June 2009

Osteoporotic fracture prevention: a new approach

An introduction to FRAX, a new WHO endorsed approach for the...

November 2008

Acute monoarthritis: differentiating between crystals sepsis and trauma

Acute monoarthritis is characterised by pain and swelling of...

November 2008

Fracture Risk Assessment Calculator

Reference tool for calculating risk of major osteoporatic ...

November 2008

Prevention of osteoporosis

Osteoporosis and subsequent fracture may be prevented by maintaining...

October 2008

Symptomatic management of osteoarthritis

The key treatment of osteoarthritis is to provide information...

October 2008

Rheumatoid arthritis - monitoring of DMARDs

Most people with rheumatoid arthritis require early treatment...

October 2008

Update: Gout in the Māori community

Gout is a significant health issue for Māori. This article...

May 2008

Snippet: Depo-provera and bone scans

It is generally accepted that the use of Depo-Provera results...

April 2008

Dilemmas: Alternative remedies and lifestyle measures for longevity

The development and marketing of anti-ageing products is a multi-million...

February 2008

A slow death from colchicine

Contributed by Safe and Quality Use of Medicines.

September 2007

Gout - Hit the target

Gout is an arthritis caused by the inflammatory response to...

September 2007

Dear Dave

What is the significance of the warning between ACE inhibitors...

June 2007

Vitamin D Testing in Primary Care

from BNP/Haemochromatosis/Vitamin D: Testing in Primary CareThis...

January 2007

NSAIDs and coxibs

Cardiovascular risk associated with NSAIDs and coxibsNSAIDs...

October 2006

NSAIDs. Strategies for minimising Harm

The aim of this POEM is to support the safer use of NSAIDs including...

December 2004

Nocturnal leg cramps: is there any relief?

Nocturnal leg cramps are common, particularly in older people...

December 2012

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