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How to use fluorouracil and imiquimod for non-melanoma skin cancer in a general practice setting

Fluorouracil and imiquimod creams are fully subsidised topical...

January 2017

Childhood eczema: improving adherence to treatment basics

Emollients form the basis of treatment for all patients with...

December 2016

Topical corticosteroids for childhood eczema: clearing up the confusion

Topical corticosteroids are one of the key medicines used in...

December 2016

Access to HPV vaccine widened

The human papillomavirus virus (HPV) vaccine reduces the incidence...

November 2016

2016 Annual Practice Report

This report allows you to reflect on the pharmacological treatment...

November 2016

Oestradiol patches now fully subsidised: what is their place in the treatment of menopausal symptoms?

Transdermal oestradiol patches are now fully subsidised, without...

November 2016

Targeted testing for abdominal aortic aneurysm

A recently published study from the University of Otago provides...

October 2016

General Practitioners' ethical decision-making: does having been a patient make a difference?

As part of a Summer School project for a fourth year medical...

October 2016

New look website

You may have noticed a few changes around here lately.

October 2016

Reading an article is now a RNZCGP endorsed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity

Every hour spent reading articles earns one Continuing Medical...

October 2016

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

Treatment of hepatitis C (HCV) has changed

Three new oral medicine regimens for the treatment of hepatitis...

September 2016

Correspondence

A general approach to managing infected wounds and when to remove...

August 2016

Diagnosis and management of axial spondyloarthritis in primary care

Ankylosing spondylitis is a relatively uncommon inflammatory...

August 2016

Proton pump inhibitors and the risk of acute kidney injury

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are among the most prescribed...

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

Vitamin D and calcium supplementation in primary care: an update

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

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

Asthma in primary care

Updated asthma guidelines are expected to be released later...

June 2016

Alcohol misuse: how to help patients in primary care

Approximately one in five New Zealanders over the age of 15...

May 2016

Correspondence

How do we define valvular heart disease when considering warfarin...

May 2016

Hazards to Health: e-notification to your Medical Officer of Health

An electronic notification system has been designed for general...

May 2016

Identifying and managing young people with mental health problems

Peer group discussion based on the young people’s mental health...

May 2016

Managing patients with neuropathic pain

Neuropathic pain results from a lesion or disease affecting...

May 2016

Out-of-clinic blood pressure testing in primary care

Out-of-clinic blood pressure monitoring is increasingly regarded...

May 2016

Rosacea: seeing red in primary care

Rosacea is an inflammatory facial skin disease that can cause...

May 2016

Use the New Zealand Formulary to access patient information leaflets

Patient information leaflets (PILs) are now available from the...

May 2016

Medicine use in youth mental health

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

April 2016

Influenza Update 2016

Immunisation against influenza has begun for the 2016 season....

April 2016

Correspondence

Installing the NZF icon on the Medtech toolbar | Can urine dipstick...

March 2016

Newly-subsidised medicines for the treatment of patients with COPD

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

March 2016

The role of medicines for the treatment of depression and anxiety in patients aged under 18 years

Psychological and behavioural approaches are the cornerstone...

March 2016

Upfront: Are blood eosinophil counts helpful in predicting patient responses to inhaled corticosteroids in COPD?

The risks and benefits of treatment with inhaled corticosteroids...

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

Age-related macular degeneration: what should a general practitioner know?

February 2016

Addressing mental health and wellbeing in young people

February 2016

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

February 2016

Asthma education in primary care: A focus on improving outcomes for Māori and Pacific peoples

February 2016

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

February 2016

Cellulitis: skin deep and spreading across New Zealand

February 2016

Chronic pelvic pain in women

February 2016

Improving the safety of community-based chemotherapy

February 2016

Managing patients with type 2 diabetes: from lifestyle to insulin

February 2016

Melatonin: is it worth losing any sleep over?

February 2016

Overuse of benzodiazepines: still an issue?

February 2016

Piles of pills: Prescribing appropriate quantities of medicines

February 2016

Responsible use of antibiotics in general practice

February 2016

Testosterone use in older males

February 2016

The detection and management of patients with chronic kidney disease in primary care

February 2016

The immediate management of acute coronary syndromes in primary care

February 2016

The optimal management of patients with COPD

February 2016

Travel consultation essentials: for departures and arrivals

February 2016

Treating childhood eczema - a topical solution for a topical problem

February 2016

When is an allergy to an antibiotic really an allergy?

February 2016

Correspondence: HbA1c testing; Accessing echocardiography; Intramuscular injections

The role of confirmatory HbA1c testing in diagnosing type 2...

December 2015

Managing frequently encountered mental health problems in young people: non-pharmacological strategies

Young people experience a variety of mental health conditions....

December 2015

Managing patients with type 2 diabetes: from lifestyle to insulin

The management of type 2 diabetes is multi-faceted. Following...

December 2015

Managing patients with type 2 diabetes: from lifestyle to insulin

Peer group discussion based on the article published in BPJ...

December 2015

Travel consultation essentials: for departures and arrivals

Travel consultations involve assessing the risks that may occur...

December 2015

Upfront: Personal technology for health: curiosity or clinically useful?

There are approximately 165,000 health “apps” currently on the...

December 2015

Using the NZF Interactions Checker

The New Zealand Formulary (NZF) contains a function that identifies...

December 2015

Respiratory tract infections (self-limiting) – reducing antibiotic prescribing

November 2015

2015 Annual Practice Report - Pharmaceutical Utilisation

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

November 2015

Smoking cessation: helping patients stick with it until they quit

Peer group discussion based on the article published in BPJ...

November 2015

An update on the use of nitrofurantoin in patients with renal impairment

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)...

October 2015

An HPV update: vaccination coverage needs to be improved

Vaccination against human papillomaviruses (HPV) is fully subsidised...

October 2015

Addressing mental health and wellbeing in young people

This is the first of a series of articles which will examine...

October 2015

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

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

October 2015

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