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Codeine: all formulations prescription-only

All combination codeine products will be reclassified as prescription-only...

October 2020

Codeine reclassified as a prescription-only medicine: a community pharmacy perspective

The range of analgesics available over-the-counter (OTC) in...

October 2020

Case study: ten men addicted to Ayurvedic medicines (Kamini and Barshasha) presenting for opioid substitution treatment

We present a special edition “Case of the week” submitted by...

September 2020

National report: Reviewing SABA treatment for asthma management in adolescents and adults

For more than 50 years, people with asthma have been prescribed...

August 2020

Prescribing report: Reviewing SABA treatment for asthma management in adolescents and adults

For more than 50 years, people with asthma have been prescribed...

August 2020

Peer group discussion: The pharmacological management of asthma in adolescents and adults has changed

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

August 2020

Reviewing SABA-only asthma treatment in adolescents and adults

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

August 2020

The pharmacological management of asthma in adolescents and adults has changed

The recently released New Zealand adolescent and adult asthma...

July 2020

Pharmacological management of asthma in children aged 5–11 years

A brief overview of the recently released Asthma and Respiratory...

July 2020

Is it asthma? Assessing and managing wheeze in pre-school children

Wheeze in children aged under five years is common and often...

July 2020

National report: Testing for prostate cancer in primary care

This report provides an overview of laboratory prostate-specific...

July 2020

An update on the pharmacological management of stable COPD

New guidelines for the management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary...

June 2020

The COPD prescribing tool for initiating medicines

This tool provides pharmacological treatment options for patients...

June 2020

Update on bpacnz

Letter to our valued readers

May 2020

Preventing and managing bronchiectasis in high-risk paediatric populations

Bronchiectasis is a lung disease characterised by bronchial...

May 2020

Peer group discussion: Cognitive impairment and dementia in older people

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

May 2020

Clinical Audit: Reviewing the use of antipsychotic medicines in older people

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

May 2020

National report: The use of antipsychotic medicines in older people

The purpose of this report is to provoke thought and discussion...

May 2020

Understanding the role of palliative care for people with advanced dementia

Advanced dementia is a terminal condition for which palliative...

April 2020

Symptom management in palliative dementia care

Physical symptoms commonly experienced by people with advanced...

April 2020

Managing the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia

Most people with dementia develop behavioural and psychological...

April 2020

The 2019 Annual Report is now available

The bpacnz Annual Report provides individualised and practice...

April 2020

The influenza immunisation programme is starting early in 2020

This year’s influenza immunisation programme has the earlier...

March 2020

News Update: cilazapril with hydrochlorothiazide will no longer be available in New Zealand

Patients currently prescribed cilazapril + hydrochlorothiazide...

March 2020

Recognising and managing early dementia

Dementia (mate wareware - see below) is a growing healthcare...

February 2020

Age-related cognitive decline: prevention and future planning

Declining cognitive function can be a difficult topic to raise...

February 2020

Peer group discussion: Referral for patients with suspected bowel cancer

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

February 2020

Referral of patients with features suggestive of bowel cancer: Ministry of Health guidance

Bowel cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer death...

February 2020

Testing for prostate cancer: helping patients to decide

Testing for prostate cancer is a difficult issue as many prostate...

February 2020

Biosimilars: the future of prescribing biological medicines

Biological medicines are an important advancement in the pharmaceutical...

January 2020

Appropriate prescribing of amino acid formula in infants with cows’ milk protein allergy

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

January 2020

Reducing the burden of melanoma in New Zealand Part 1: Prevention and risk assessment

Limiting UV radiation exposure through sun smart behaviour is...

January 2020

Reducing the burden of melanoma in New Zealand Part 2: Early detection of melanoma

Identification of melanoma at the earliest possible clinical...

January 2020

Peer group discussion: diagnosing and managing perinatal depression in primary care

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

December 2019

Menopausal hormone therapy: where are we now?

Menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) is an effective treatment for...

December 2019

National report: Prescribing menopausal hormone therapy

Menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) is the most effective treatment...

December 2019

Diagnosing and managing primary ovarian insufficiency

Primary ovarian insufficiency is the loss of ovarian function...

December 2019

Clinical Audit: Reviewing the use of menopausal hormone therapy

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

December 2019

Investigating and managing abnormal vaginal bleeding: an overview

Abnormal vaginal bleeding has many potential causes, ranging...

December 2019

Managing cows' milk protein allergy in infants

Dietary avoidance of cows’ milk is the only management strategy...

November 2019

Diagnosing and managing perinatal depression in primary care

The consequences of perinatal depression* can be severe. Suicide...

November 2019

News update: Criteria widened for exceptional circumstances funding of lamotrigine

November 2019

News update: Annual Prescribing report

November 2019

Community pharmacy guide on medicine safety in pregnancy

Community pharmacists are a key point of contact for women seeking...

November 2019

The role of the primary healthcare team in pregnancy care

Pregnancy is a time when women are likely to engage with a number...

November 2019

News item: access to levonorgestrel intrauterine devices/systems widened

From 1 November, 2019, levonorgestrel intrauterine devices (IUDs;...

October 2019

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