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Baseline testing before treatment with ACE inhibitors/ARBs

This audit focuses on the measurement of serum creatinine (to...

May 2021

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

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

May 2021

New diabetes medicines funded: empagliflozin and dulaglutide

Sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors and glucagon-like...

May 2021

Prescribing statins to reduce cardiovascular risk

Lowering lipid levels should be viewed as one aspect of reducing...

May 2021

Management of impetigo

Impetigo is a highly contagious, bacterial infection of the...

May 2021

Cancer care: the role of primary care in identifying and managing cachexia

Through improvements in diagnosis and treatment, one in three...

April 2021

Prescribing ACE inhibitors: time to reconsider old habits

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

March 2021

Peer group discussion: Early detection of lung cancer in primary care

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

March 2021

Clinical Audit: Reviewing type 2 diabetes management in patients at high risk of cardiovascular and renal complications

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

March 2021

Early detection of lung cancer in primary care

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in New Zealand...

March 2021

An update on the pharmacological management of stable COPD

New national guidelines for the management of chronic obstructive...

February 2021

The COPD tool for modifying pharmacological treatment - Tool 1

The patient has been diagnosed with COPD but has not been prescribed...

February 2021

The COPD tool for modifying pharmacological treatment - Tool 2

The patient is currently taking long-term inhaled medicines...

February 2021

Benzodiazepines and zopiclone: is overuse still an issue?

Despite being recommended for short-term use only, and usually...

February 2021

Endometriosis: diagnosis and management

Endometriosis is characterised by the presence of endometrial-like...

February 2021

Inflammatory bowel disease – a focus on Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the principal forms...

February 2021

Withdrawing patients from long-term use of benzodiazepines or zopiclone

Stopping benzodiazepine or zopiclone treatment in people who...

February 2021

Limiting the use of quinolone antibiotics

Quinolones (e.g. ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin) are associated...

February 2021

Peer group discussion: Limiting the use of quinolone antibiotics

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

December 2020

Appropriate use of zopiclone and benzodiazepines for the treatment of insomnia

Zopiclone and some benzodiazepines, such as temazepam and triazolam,...

December 2020

Consider blue-green algal blooms this summer: Identifying and managing suspected cyanotoxin poisoning in primary care

Cyanobacteria, also referred to as blue-green algae, are micro-organisms...

November 2020

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

Reviewing SABA-only asthma treatment in adolescents and adults

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

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

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

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