Brief Updates

Midazolam – which preparation?

Please take care when prescribing, dispensing and administering midazolam ampoules. There are two strengths (5mg/mL and 1mg/mL) and two presentations (glass and plastic) available.

Plastic or glass?
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‘Sedatives’ for children?

We appreciate that dealing with requests from parents and caregivers for ‘sedatives’ can be challenging.  However, please remember that sedating antihistamines such as promethazine (Phenergan) elixir...

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Nitrofurantoin lung

The long-term use of nitrofurantoin, which may be used for the prophylaxis of recurrent urinary tract infections, has been associated with the potentially fatal1 ‘nitrofurantoin lung’.  Please...

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Open for better care begins

The Health Quality and Safety Commission have recently launched a patient safety campaign, ‘Open for better care’.  This focuses on four key areas where it is...

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Azathioprine or azithromycin?

Please be vigilant with these medicines.  PHARMAC has recently widened access to azithromycin so it is likely there will be an increase in the number of...

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Meningococcal vaccines

The Immune Advisory Centre has recently issued a ‘Decision making guide for general practice’ and a ‘Factsheet for parents and caregivers’ about meningococcal disease.  Visitwww.immune.org.nz for more...

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Methotrexate

The Health Quality and Safety Commission (HQSC) have recently sent out guidelines1 for the safe use of methotrexate for Primary Care. This guidance includes the following key...

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