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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...

September 2018

Hereditary diffuse gastric cancer: an overview for primary care

Hereditary diffuse gastric cancer makes up around 1% of stomach...

September 2018

Prescribing ACE inhibitors: time to reconsider old habits

Prescribers in New Zealand are highly reliant on cilazapril...

September 2018

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

There are many approved and fully subsidised medicines that...

August 2018

Cardiovascular disease risk assessment in primary care: managing blood pressure

The recently released Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment...

August 2018

Hepatitis B: treatments now available for primary care

Tenofovir disoproxil and entecavir are once daily oral antiviral...

August 2018

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

Prescribing topical medicines for skin infection - An update

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

July 2018

Topical antibiotics: keep reducing use

Encouraging progress has been made by prescribers in New Zealand...

July 2018

Managing winter illnesses without antibiotics - Clinical Audit

This audit identifies patients who present with winter illnesses...

July 2018

Trends in primary care theme: Gout

The following questions can be used as discussion points for...

June 2018

Sepsis: recognition, diagnosis and early management

June 2018

Cold season: managing without antibiotics

For the majority of people with upper respiratory tract infections...

June 2018

Antibiotics: the future is short

In general, the recommended durations of antibiotic treatment...

June 2018

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

From 1 June, 2018, aripiprazole can be prescribed without Special...

June 2018

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

The recently released 2018 Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment...

May 2018

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...

May 2018

Introducing a palliative care chapter in the New Zealand Formulary

The May release of the New Zealand Formulary (NZF) includes...

May 2018

Improving safety for patients taking an ACE inhibitor/ARB + diuretic

This audit identifies patients who are taking ACE inhibitors/ARBs...

May 2018

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

Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, angiotensin-II...

May 2018

Kupe from the Medtech tool bar

Kupe is freely available on the web and we would also like to...

May 2018

Lowering serum urate levels in patients with gout

Gout, caused by increased levels of urate in the blood (hyperuricaemia),...

April 2018

Managing gout in primary care
Part 1 - Talking about gout: time for a re-think

Gout is a treatable form of arthritis that is associated with...

April 2018

Managing gout in primary care
Part 2 -  Controlling gout with long-term urate-lowering treatment

Urate-lowering medicines should be considered and discussed...

April 2018

News item: Discussion on Zostavax

Since publication of our article on Zostavax vaccine in March,...

April 2018

Pain theme Peer Group Discussion

The following questions can be used as discussion points for...

April 2018

Prostate cancer testing decision support tool for patients and their families

Discussing the pros and cons of prostate cancer testing within...

April 2018

Seasonal influenza vaccination: update for 2018

Two subsidised seasonal influenza vaccines, Influvac Tetra (for...

March 2018

Analgesic Update - 2018

Key messages
• Evaluate the type, cause and severity of...

March 2018

Reviewing patients using opioid medicines long-term for non-cancer pain

This audit helps primary care health professionals optimise...

March 2018

Zostavax vaccine: now fully subsidised

Zostavax is a herpes zoster (shingles) vaccine that will become...

March 2018

Immune checkpoint inhibitors: a new cancer treatment

Immune checkpoint inhibitors, such as pembrolizumab (Keytruda),...

March 2018

Prescribing gabapentin and pregabalin: upcoming subsidy changes

From 1 May, 2018, pregabalin will be available to prescribe,...

March 2018

Selected topics in acute pain management for primary care

There are a multitude of causes of acute pain, however, the...

February 2018

The principles of managing acute pain in primary care

The primary aim of acute pain management is to provide treatment...

February 2018

Paracetamol dosing for children in primary care

Paracetamol dosing errors can lead to acute liver failure in...

February 2018

Prescribing tramadol appropriately

Tramadol is an atypical opioid used for moderate pain when paracetamol...

February 2018

When to consider strong opioids for patients with acute pain

There are few indications for prescribing a strong opioid for...

February 2018

Medicinal cannabinoids: current regulations for prescribing

Recent amendments have been made to regulations concerning the...

February 2018

Celecoxib: the “need to know” for safe prescribing

Celecoxib is a selective cyclo-oxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitor...

January 2018

Managing pain in osteoarthritis: focus on the person

The progression of osteoarthritis varies from person to person....

January 2018

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

Methylnaltrexone injections are now subsidised for the treatment...

January 2018

Diagnosing and managing headache in adults in primary care

A systematic approach is recommended when assessing patients...

December 2017

2017 Annual Practice Report

This report provides you with an opportunity to reflect on the...

December 2017

The bpacnz COPD prescribing tool has been updated

The bpacnz COPD prescribing tool was developed based on the...

December 2017

Mental Health Theme Peer Group Discussion

The following questions can be used as discussion points for...

December 2017

Reviewing the long-term use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in patients with depression

This audit helps health professionals in primary care identify...

December 2017

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

Intravenous ferric carboxymaltose is now a potential option...

November 2017

Appropriate prescribing of Oxycodone for non-cancer pain in general practice

November 2017

Managing erectile dysfunction in patients treated with beta-blockers

November 2017

Antimicrobial stewardship: Systems and processes for effective antimicrobial medicine use within human health and healthcare in New Zealand

November 2017

Antibiotic awareness week: a time to reflect on how we prescribe

This week (13th – 19th November) marks world antibiotic awareness...

November 2017

Suicide prevention: what can primary care do to make a difference?

"The most critical elements in helping those with suicidal ideation...

November 2017

The role of medicines in the management of depression in primary care

A selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) is usually the...

October 2017

I dream of sleep: managing insomnia in adults - Part 1

bpacnz recognises that the assessment and management of insomnia...

October 2017

I dream of sleep: managing insomnia in adults - Part 2

bpacnz recognises that the assessment and management of insomnia...

October 2017

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