Prescribing hypnotic medicines: a focus on zopiclone

Zopiclone is the most frequently prescribed hypnotic medicine, and one of the highest prescribed medicines in New Zealand overall. Around 20% of patients who are dispensed zopiclone receive more than 180 tablets in a year.

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Vildagliptin: a new treatment for type 2 diabetes

Vildagliptin is a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor available fully subsidised from 1 October, 2018.

Hereditary diffuse gastric cancer: an overview for primary care

Hereditary diffuse gastric cancer makes up around 1% of stomach cancer diagnoses, however, Māori in New Zealand are...

NZF is changing the way that pregnancy and breast-feeding advice for medicines is presented

From 1 October, 2018, the New Zealand Formulary (NZF) will replace the current pregnancy and breast-feeding advice, which is based on...

Prescribing ACE inhibitors: time to reconsider old habits

Prescribers in New Zealand are highly reliant on cilazapril as their “go-to” ACE inhibitor, but this prescribing is out of step with...

Smoke and mirrors: is vaping useful for smokers who cannot quit?

There are many approved and fully subsidised medicines that clinicians can recommend to smokers who wish to quit.

Cardiovascular disease risk assessment in primary care: managing blood pressure

The recently released Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment and Management for Primary Care consensus statement provides...

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Antibiotics Guide Updated

Antibiotics Guide 2017 edition

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Our next theme will be “Substance misuse”, including articles on safe prescribing of medicines with potential for misuse and alcohol use disorder.

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