Prescribing gabapentin and pregabalin: upcoming subsidy changes

From 1 May, 2018, pregabalin will be available to prescribe, fully subsidised. From 1 June, 2018, prescribing restrictions will be removed from gabapentin and a new brand will be available, fully subsidised.

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Selected topics in acute pain management for primary care

There are a multitude of causes of acute pain, however, the approach to management will often be...

Medicinal cannabinoids: current regulations for prescribing

Recent amendments have been made to regulations concerning the prescription of some medicinal cannabis products.

Managing pain in osteoarthritis: focus on the person

The progression of osteoarthritis varies from person to person. Functional decline and worsening of symptoms is not...

Celecoxib: the “need to know” for safe prescribing

Celecoxib is a selective cyclo-oxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitor that has been fully subsidised without restriction, since 1 June, 2017.

Methylnaltrexone is a subsidised treatment option for opioid-induced constipation in palliative care

Methylnaltrexone injections are now subsidised for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation...

Diagnosing and managing headache in adults in primary care

A systematic approach is recommended when assessing patients with headache to rule out serious underlying conditions and to ensure...

Feature letters New

Selected letters from readers with interactive feedback

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Antibiotics Guide Updated

Antibiotics Guide 2017 edition

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The COPD prescribing tool Updated

Pharmacological treatment options for patients with COPD

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Personalised Prescribing Reports

Access your personalised prescribing reports

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Peer Group Discussions

Discussion points for peer groups or self-reflection of practice

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Audits are endorsed by the RNZCGP as a CQI activity for allocation of MOPS credits for General Practitioners

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CME Quizzes

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our new theme is “Trends in primary care”, covering a range of topics including gout, type 2 diabetes, immune checkpoint inhibitors and the triple whammy medicine interaction.

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our next theme will be a focus on antibiotics

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