Medicine indications

Beta-blockers for cardiovascular conditions: one size does not fit all patients

Metoprolol succinate accounts for almost three-quarters of the...

July 2017

Amiodarone brand-change and a reminder on patient monitoring

Two brands of amiodarone are currently subsidised in New Zealand;...

October 2016

Oxycodone prescribing: New Zealand solutions to a global problem

Inappropriate prescribing of opioids for non-cancer pain is...

October 2016

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

Upfront: Tips for prescribing newly-subsidised medicines for patients with COPD

In March, 2016, subsidy changes came into effect for medicines...

August 2016

The COPD prescribing tool

This tool provides pharmacological treatment options for patients...

July 2016

Polypharmacy Update

This report provides prescribers with details about patients...

July 2016

Medicine use in youth mental health

This report provides an overview of dispensings of medicines...

April 2016

Newly-subsidised medicines for the treatment of patients with COPD

Subsidy changes for medicines used to treat patients with COPD...

March 2016

Valaciclovir – a first line antiviral medicine

Valaciclovir is an antiviral medicine which can be used for...

March 2016

Oxycodone Update

This report provides an update on the use of oxycodone over...

March 2016

Biosimilars - what does a primary care clinician need to know?

”Biosimilars” is likely to become an increasingly familiar term...

October 2015

Melatonin: is it worth losing any sleep over?

Modified-release melatonin is an unsubsidised medicine that...

August 2015

Use of Hypnotics

Zopiclone and some benzodiazepines, such as temazepam and triazolam,...

May 2015

News Update

Brand changes for cardiovascular medicines: carvedilol, ezetimibe...

April 2015

An update on antithrombotic medicines - What does primary care need to know?

Antithrombotic medicines, such as aspirin and warfarin, have...

April 2015

Dabigatran - An Update

This report provides an update on the use and monitoring of...

March 2015

Overuse of benzodiazepines: still an issue?

Benzodiazepines may be considered as a short-term treatment...

March 2015

Research updates

Shorter courses of oral corticosteroids for the management of...

March 2015

2014 Annual Practice Report - Pharmaceutical and Laboratory Test Utilisation

This report has been developed to give you an opportunity to...

December 2014

An update on bisphosphonates

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

November 2014

Polypharmacy

Polypharmacy is a marker of potential problematic prescribing....

November 2014

Polypharmacy in primary care: Managing a clinical conundrum

Polypharmacy can be appropriate and beneficial for patients....

October 2014

Topical antibiotics: very few indications for use

Topical antibiotics in general have been excessively used in...

October 2014

News Updates

Medicines update: removal of Special Authority status | Antianginal...

October 2014

News Updates

Does aspirin protect against cancer? More high-quality research...

September 2014

Safer prescribing of high-risk medicines: Colchicine – extremely toxic in overdose

Colchicine is a plant-based alkaloid, extracted from Colchicum...

September 2014

Oxycodone Update

Since 2011, bpacnz has produced a series of reports and articles...

August 2014

News Updates

Evidence that alternate dosing of paracetamol and ibuprofen...

July 2014

Gout update: Febuxostat now subsidised on Special Authority

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

July 2014

Oxycodone: how did we get here and how do we fix it?

Following on from the interview with Dr Jeremy McMinn in the...

July 2014

The role of triptans in the treatment of migraine in adults

Paracetamol or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)...

July 2014

Safer prescribing of high-risk medicines: Clozapine

Pharmacological treatment is an integral part of the practice...

July 2014

News Updates

Reminder: Most broad-spectrum antibiotics do not interact with...

June 2014

News Updates

Simvastatin and atorvastatin: beware of potential CYP3A4 interactions...

April 2014

Managing patients with dementia: What is the role of antipsychotics?

Concerns have been raised, both in New Zealand and internationally,...

December 2013

Biologic medicines for the treatment of inflammatory conditions: What does primary care need to know?

Patients with severe immune-mediated inflammatory diseases,...

December 2013

The use of omeprazole in infants is still high

Omeprazole is not approved for use in infants (children aged...

December 2013

2013 Annual Practice Report - Pharmaceutical and Laboratory Test Utilisation

This report has been developed to give you an opportunity to...

November 2013

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

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

November 2013

Prescribing update: Low dose isotretinoin for acne?

New evidence is increasingly suggesting that isotretinoin may...

November 2013

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): Making safer treatment choices

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are successfully...

October 2013

Appropriate use of amoxicillin clavulanate

Amoxicillin clavulanate is a broad spectrum antibiotic which...

August 2013

Ticagrelor – out with the old, in with the new?

Ticagrelor (Brilinta) is a new oral antiplatelet medicine, which...

August 2013

Dabigatran in general practice

Dabigatran is an oral anticoagulant approved for use in non-valvular...

March 2013

Upfront: Unapproved medicines and unapproved uses of medicines: keeping prescribers and patients safe

An approved medicine is a medicine which has been through a...

March 2013

Dabigatran revisited

Dabigatran has been available for general practitioners to prescribe...

February 2013

Appropriate use of sulfonamides

What are sulfonamides and how do they work? | Prescribing co-trimoxazole...

December 2012

2012 Annual Report - Pharmaceutical & Laboratory Test Utilisation

Welcome to your annual practice report This report has been...

November 2012

News and updates: Update on azithromycin

Update on azithromycin: new prescriber information and ava...

November 2012

When and how to use a syringe driver in palliative care

Syringe drivers are often required to provide medicines for...

November 2012

Appropriate use of tetracyclines

What are tetracyclines and how do they work? | Which infections...

October 2012

The appropriate use of macrolides

Macrolides are a class of antibiotic that includes erythromycin,...

May 2012

Appropriate use of metronidazole

How does metronidazole work? | Which infections should metronidazole...

April 2012

Looking back, looking forward: key messages 2005 – 2011

This report highlights four key prescribing and laboratory testing...

March 2012

Initiating insulin for people with type 2 diabetes

Due to its progressive nature, many people with type 2 diabetes...

February 2012

Prescribing atypical antipsychotics in general practice

The use of atypical antipsychotics such as quetiapine and olanzapine...

November 2011

The use of dabigatran in general practice

Dabigatran (Pradaxa) is now available in New Zealand, fully...

September 2011

Medicine safety

Dr Janice Wilson, Health Quality & Safety Commission's Chief...

September 2011

Community-based IV administration: primary care reducing hospital admissions

Intravenous (IV) administration of medicines in general practice...

September 2011

2011 Annual Report
Pharmaceutical & Laboratory Test Utilisation

This web version is a sample only, all data below the national...

September 2011

Appropriate use of amoxicillin clavulanate

Amoxicillin clavulanate is an important and effective medicine...

September 2011

Management of depression in older people

Older people respond well to treatments for depression. The...

July 2011

Oxycodone Prescribing

Examines oxycodone prescribing compared to that of morphine.

June 2011

Vitamin D supplementation: Navigating the debate

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

June 2011

Quinolone antibiotics - limit use

Quinolones are associated with increasing antimicrobial resistance....

April 2011

Contraception in early adolescence

Young people are having sex. Advice about sexual health and...

April 2011

News in brief

Changes to nicotine replacement therapy prescriptions | Topical...

February 2011

Snippets: Fentanyl patches

Fentanyl patches to be available without Special Authority in...

December 2010

Snippets: Jadelle & Sibutramine

Jadelle – A newly funded long-acting contraceptive implant |...

November 2010

Snippets: Insulin glargine & Ezetimibe

Insulin glargine – access widened from 1 August 2010 | Changes...

October 2010

Which Antihypertensive?

Once the decision has been made to initiate antihypertensive...

October 2010

ANTIMICROBIALS how should they be used in primary care?

Ideally antibiotics should be reserved for the treatment of...

October 2010

Access to clopidogrel now widened

Clopidogrel, an antiplatelet medicine, is now able to be prescribed...

October 2010

An update on statins

The decision to initiate a statin should be based upon an individual’s...

August 2010

2010 Annual Report
Pharmaceutical & Laboratory Test Utilisation

This web version is a sample only, all data below the national...

August 2010

The pharmacological management of Alzheimer’s disease: The place of donepezil

From November 1, 2010 donepezil will be funded without Special...

August 2010

Do cough and cold medicines work in children?

The short answer is no. There is little evidence that cough...

July 2010

Snippets: Gabapentin Humalog & Tramadol

Humalog, Tramadol and Gabapentin

June 2010

Medicines for weight loss - do they work

Improving diet and increasing physical activity are the main...

April 2010

Low molecular weight heparin use in primary care

Enoxaparin (Clexane) is a low molecular weight heparin used...

November 2009

Annual Pharmaceutical & Laboratory Report 2009

This web version is a sample only, all data below the national...

November 2009

Oxycodone: place in therapy

Oxycodone is a strong opiod and is a second line option (after...

November 2009

Topical corticosteroid treatment for skin conditions

Topical corticosteroids are used to treat many skin conditions....

September 2009

Pharmacological Management of Depression in Adults

All antidepressant drugs are approximately equal in effectiveness,...

July 2009

Selected topics in asthma

Intermittent or persistent asthma? Which inhaled corticosteroid?...

May 2009

Smoking cessation - Pharmacological therapy

Nicotine replacement therapy, nortriptyline, bupropion and varenicline...

April 2009

The use of insulin in type 2 diabetes

There is evidence that early use of insulin in people with type...

April 2009

Getting the most out of nicotine replacement therapy

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is not a magic cure but it...

April 2009

The role of antiplatelet agents

Antiplatelet drugs including aspirin, clopidogrel and dipyrimadole,...

February 2009

Warfarin vs. aspirin for the prevention of atrial fibrillation related stroke

The decision whether to choose aspirin or warfarin for stroke...

February 2009

WHO Analgesic Ladder: which opioid to use at step two?

There are several different opioid options that can be considered...

December 2008

Safe Prescribing of Morphine in Primary Care

Advice from the 'Safe and Quality Use of Medicines Group'.

October 2008

Widened access to fentanyl patches

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid which is available as a transdermal...

September 2008

Imiquimod cream (Aldara) for genital warts and basal cell carcinoma

Imiquimod enhances the immune response to viral infections and...

September 2008

Using nebulisers safely

Nebulisers are used to deliver bronchodilators to people with...

August 2008

Dilemmas: Managing cardiovascular risk in elderly people

Older people have a higher cardiovascular risk and therefore...

February 2008

GP guide to some topical eye treatments

Some eye medications are used when there is high risk of visual...

December 2007

Role of calcium channel blockers in hypertension

Thiazides are considered to be appropriate initial treatment...

December 2007

Upfront: co-enzyme Q10 supplements

“Would you like fries with that”. The role of co-enzyme...

September 2007

Is carvedilol superior to metoprolol in heart failure?

Carvedilol may be an option for patients initiating beta-blocker...

September 2007

10 minute audit: Identifying your patients on colchicine

September 2007

Beta-blocker options following funding changes to Betaloc CR

Prescribing advice following changes to the funding of Betaloc...

September 2007

Dear Dave

Can Sumatriptan be used safely with SSRIs? Can you ever use...

August 2007

Upfront: The Augmentin-free office

Practical advice on reducing the use of augmentin

August 2007

Safe use of paracetamol in children

Paracetamol is a useful medication for symptomatic pain relief...

May 2007

Over-the-counter medication in children: friend or foe?

The information in this article is now out of date. An updated...

May 2007

Herceptin the facts

A focus on the clinical issues surrounding the use of Herceptin...

April 2007

Key messages on the use of SSRIs

Key messages on the use of SSRIs.

March 2007

Dear Dave

Can smoking cessation affect the dose of antipsychotics?Do statins...

February 2007

Lithium in General Practice

In this article we provide an overview and guidance on the management...

February 2007

Update on the use of LABAs for the treatment of Asthma

Long acting beta agonists (LABAs) are useful drugs in asthma...

December 2006

TCAs are useful for depression and neuropathic pain

Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) are an effective alternative...

December 2006

Warfarin

An update on treatment of atrial fibrillation with a focus on...

December 2006

Depression antidepressant update

Venlafaxine: how and when to use | Antidepressants for elderly...

October 2006

Dear Dave

Is it safe to use beta-blockers for cardiac disease in people...

October 2006

COPD update

Tiotropium is an effective option | Long acting beta agonists...

October 2006

NSAIDs and coxibs

Cardiovascular risk associated with NSAIDs and coxibsNSAIDs...

October 2006

Rational use of Antibiotics in Respiratory Tract Infections

This resource outlines the principles of rational antibiotic...

August 2006

ACE Inhibitors

This POEM is focused on the use of ACE Inhibitors in diabetes,...

April 2006

Appropriate use of cephalosporins

There are very few indications for the use of cephalosporins...

December 2011

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