Topical antibiotics: keep reducing use

Encouraging progress has been made by prescribers in New Zealand in reducing the use of topical antibiotics such as fusidic acid; however, the challenge is to maintain this momentum and reduce use even further as there are very few indications for prescribing these medicines.

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Cold season: managing without antibiotics

For the majority of people with upper respiratory tract infections symptomatic treatment will offer better outcomes than antibiotics, which will not be indicated in most cases.

Antibiotics: the future is short

In general, the recommended durations of antibiotic treatment regimens are decreasing as evidence for the safety and efficacy of shorter courses accumulates.

Aripiprazole prescribing changes: Special Authority approval no longer required, new sole-subsidised brand

From 1 June, 2018, aripiprazole can be prescribed without Special Authority approval, making access easier for patients who require an alternative to other antipsychotics...

What’s new in cardiovascular disease risk assessment and management for primary care clinicians

The recently released 2018 Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment and Management for Primary Care consensus statement provides updated recommendations for clinicians in primary care.

A rising tide of type 2 diabetes in younger people: what can primary care do?

An increasing incidence of early onset type 2 diabetes in New Zealand is putting more people at risk of early mortality and complications such as cardiovascular disease at an age when other people in the community are at their prime.

Avoiding the triple whammy in primary care: ACE inhibitor/ARB + diuretic + NSAID

Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, angiotensin-II receptor blockers (ARBs), diuretics and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) all have the potential to decrease renal function.

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Antibiotics Guide Updated

Antibiotics Guide 2017 edition

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The COPD prescribing tool Updated

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

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