Guidelines for testing, perioperative and bleeding management for dabigatran and rivaroxaban

These guidelines have been produced by PHARMAC in conjunction...

July 2018

Rivaroxaban: a fully-subsidised oral anticoagulant

From 1 August, 2018, rivaroxaban will be fully subsidised without...

July 2018

Intravenous ferric carboxymaltose: now available for the treatment of iron deficiency

Intravenous ferric carboxymaltose is now a potential option...

November 2017

An update on managing patients with atrial fibrillation

Most patients with atrial fibrillation can be managed in primary...

August 2017

The safe and effective use of dabigatran and warfarin in primary care

Patients taking oral anticoagulants require appropriate management...

August 2017

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

Identifying and managing hereditary haemochromatosis in adults

Hereditary haemochromatosis is the most common genetic disease...

April 2015

Dabigatran - An Update

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

March 2015

The New Zealand Laboratory Schedule and Test Guidelines: haematology tests

The New Zealand Laboratory Schedule has been created to provide...

August 2014

Investigating iron deficiency anaemia

2013 UPDATE: Investigating iron deficiency anaemia

December 2013

Anaemia on full blood count: investigating beyond the pale

A finding of anaemia on a full blood count is only the first...

September 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

Dabigatran revisited

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

February 2013

Sick and tired of being tired and sick: laboratory investigation of glandular fever

Glandular fever (infectious mononucleosis) is a common, potentially...

October 2012

The use of antithrombotic medicines in general practice: a consensus statement

In July 2011, a consensus forum was held in Wellington to discuss...

October 2011

Management of atrial fibrillation in general practice

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is often an incidental finding during...

October 2011

A primary care approach to sodium and potassium imbalance

Interpreting and managing a laboratory result of abnormal sodium...

September 2011

The use of dabigatran in general practice

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

September 2011

News in brief: Dabigatran; Antibiotics and COC; Prescription kitchen

Dabigatran to be listed | Most broad spectrum antibiotics do...

June 2011

The role of thrombophilia testing in general practice

Testing for thrombophilia is rarely indicated in general practice...

March 2011

SMBG for type 2 Diabetes

Sample data report on SMBG testing strips, national data o...

November 2010

Use of INR for monitoring warfarin treatment

Regular measurement of INR levels is an essential component...

November 2010

Upfront: INR point of care testing in community pharmacies

The international normalised ratio (INR) is used to monitor...

October 2010

The warfarin dilemma

Evidence suggests that warfarin is under utilised in older people....

October 2010

Access to clopidogrel now widened

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

October 2010

INR for Warfarin Monitoring

Sample of data report on the frequency of INR testing for patients...

September 2010

Care of stroke survivors

The aim of stroke rehabilitation is for the patient to regain...

April 2010

Investigating the Gut: Pernicious anaemia

There are a number of causes of low vitamin B12 levels with...

March 2010

Time is brain: emergency treatment of stroke

Stroke is the third most common cause of death in New Zealand,...

March 2010

Secondary stroke prevention

People who have had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack are...

March 2010

Snippets: Aspirin for CVD & Paracetamol post-vaccination

Should aspirin still be used for primary prevention of cardiovascular...

December 2009

Low molecular weight heparin use in primary care

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

November 2009


A guide focusing on some of the situations GPs face in day-to-day...

July 2009

Hepatitis report

Report on testing for Hepatitis A and B.

July 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

Best tests: Complete Blood Count

Summary of Complete Blood Count in Primary Care plusMaking sense...

June 2008

Complete Blood Count in Primary Care

Provides an overview of the use of the complete blood count...

May 2008

The Laboratory Investigation of Tiredness Reminder

Analysis of the Tiredness campaign plusFor tired elite athletes,...

June 2007

Dear Dave

Is there an association between the use of the combined oral...

April 2007

Interactions with Warfarin

Warfarin has the potential to interact with numerous drugs resulting...

April 2007

Lithium monitoring

Biochemical monitoring of lithium therapy. An overview of of...

March 2007

Reminder: BNP, Haemochromatosis and Vitamin D

Key recommendations for BNP, Haemochromatosis and Vitamin D...

March 2007

Haemochromatosis Testing in Primary Care

from BNP/Haemochromatosis/Vitamin D: Testing in Primary CareThis...

January 2007

Vitamin D Testing in Primary Care

from BNP/Haemochromatosis/Vitamin D: Testing in Primary CareThis...

January 2007


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

December 2006

Dear Dave

SSRIs can increase the risk of bleeding disorders, especially...

December 2006

Excessive anticoagulation

INR testing plus:
• Kōwhai tackles overdue INRs
• Oral route...

November 2006

Kōwhai tackles overdue INRs

INR testing plus:
• Kōwhai tackles overdue INRs
• Oral route...

November 2006

INR testing

INR testing plus:
• Kōwhai tackles overdue INRs
• Oral route...

November 2006

INR Testing

Warfarin is the most widely used anticoagulant in New Zealand....

October 2006

Guide for using INR to manage warfarin

Appendices from "INR Testing" including:
• Guide for using INR...

October 2006

Best Tests: Tiredness

Iron vs Ferritin tests plus:
• Chlamydia update
• Is this woman...

March 2006

The Laboratory Investigation of Tiredness

Tiredness is a common presentation in general practice. This...

February 2006

Thyroid function tests

Thyroid function tests plus:
• eGFR
• BRCA tests

December 2005

Thyroid function testing guide

A guide to thyroid function tests in primary care.See also TSH...

October 2005

Best Tests: CRP vs ESR

CRP vs ESR Plus:
• Drug tests for drink spiking
• Cervical smear...

September 2005

CRP vs ESR Assessing and measuring the inflammatory response

Discussion of the use of CRP and ESR as tests of the inflammatory...

July 2005

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