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2011

Launch of Tokoroa Rheumatic Fever Prevention Campaign

Wednesday 26 October 2011, 11:08AM

Opening address by Tariana Turia, associate minister of health
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Time for New Zealand to step up on health inequities

Wednesday 26 October 2011, 9:51AM

It’s time for New Zealand to become a leader in reducing health inequities, according to health organisations, but we must start with the here and now
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No GSK appeal is good news, says the Guild

Friday 21 October 2011, 4:26PM

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand has welcomed a decision by GlaxoSmithKline New Zealand Ltd (GSK) not to pursue an appeal in the High Court over last month’s District Court decision about a faulty medicines recall
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New pharmacist role benefits patients

Thursday 20 October 2011, 10:34AM

A demonstration project where pharmacists have taken on a greater role in managing patients on the traditional blood thinning drug Warfarin, has resulted in excellent outcomes for patients and high levels of satisfaction
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Eyeing up regenerative medicine

Wednesday 19 October 2011, 11:51AM

The Auckland Medical Research Foundation (AMRF) is to hold a free public lecture on a topic of growing interest, regenerative medicine
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Pharmacies to the fore at MDHB Health Awards

Monday 17 October 2011, 3:00PM

Dannevirke’s Wards Pharmacy beat off four other Palmerston North pharmacies for the Pharmacy of the Year Award in the MidCentral District Health Awards on Friday night (14 October)
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Bone disease numbers on the rise

Monday 17 October 2011, 8:21AM

A study[1] involving over a million Kiwis reveals that the bone disease osteoporosis - although entirely preventable - is expected to cost New Zealand almost half a billion dollars every year after 2020
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Torbay Health opens doors to new state of the art facility

Tuesday 11 October 2011, 4:09PM

A newly refurbished health centre has opened its doors in Torbay offering the latest in primary health care and equipment along with new IT options
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62% Kiwis get advice from pharmacist

Monday 10 October 2011, 4:32PM

Nearly two-thirds of kiwis are choosing to bypass their GP for medical advice in favour of their local pharmacist
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Key to success in retail - Developing the skills of frontline managers

Monday 10 October 2011, 11:49AM

Last year at a forum organised by the Retail Institute, New Zealand’s top retail CEO’s agreed that well trained supervisors and managers are key to retail success and improving productivity in the retail sector
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Medsafe recalls two products with undeclared prescription medicines

Thursday 06 October 2011, 2:23PM

Director-General of Health Kevin Woods today advised consumers to immediately stop taking two products for erectile dysfunction or the enhancement of sexual performance which contain undeclared prescription medicines, citing significant health risks from their use
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First New Zealand certifier of natural cosmetics announced

Tuesday 04 October 2011, 10:25AM

BioGro New Zealand Ltd announced today it is the first New Zealand based certifier to provide natural cosmetic certification in Oceania following its recent accreditation as a NATRUE approved Certifier
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Meningococcal C Facebook Page Launched

Monday 03 October 2011, 4:38PM

Northland DHB’s public health unit has launched a Facebook page to encourage young people to learn more about the meningococcal C immunisation programme
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GPs and pharmacists united on evidence-based medicines

Monday 03 October 2011, 3:19PM

GPs and pharmacists agree that the good of the patient and evidence-based medicine should form the basis of all health care advice provided
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Judgement agrees pharmacists have a right to be paid

Monday 03 October 2011, 2:48PM

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand Inc has welcomed a court decision in the case between GlaxoSmithKline NZ Ltd (GSK) and Ian Johnson Pharmacy Ltd (IJPL) over the recall of suspected faulty medication. In the case, the pharmacy sought reasonable payment for services provided on request
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Medsafe warns of dangers of purchasing medicines online

Friday 30 September 2011, 12:16PM

Medsafe reiterated its warning about the dangers of purchasing medicines online, citing that some websites sell medicines that may not be safe to use and could put people’s health at risk
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Pharmac board strengthens relationship with DHBs

Friday 30 September 2011, 12:11PM

For the first time the PHARMAC Board’s monthly meeting was held outside Wellington
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Underfunding by CDHB could lead to service cuts for elderly

Friday 30 September 2011, 9:31AM

C&CDHB management decisions will have a negative impact on high-need elderly people in our region, says Healthcare of New Zealand Chairman, and former Deputy Chair of the District Health Board, Ken Douglas
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Third meningococcal death for Northland

Monday 26 September 2011, 4:45PM

An eighty-two year old woman was admitted to Whangarei Hospital with meningococcal disease on September 22, and died later that evening
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Community pharmacy ready to take part in public health campaigns

Thursday 22 September 2011, 2:03PM

Community pharmacy would have been perfectly placed to support a rheumatic fever campaign in south Auckland that is reportedly under-funded and under-resourced, says Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand Chief Executive, Annabel Young
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The triumphs and the adversity will be revealed

Thursday 22 September 2011, 11:03AM


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More measles cases a reminder to get immunised

Thursday 22 September 2011, 10:42AM

With an upswing of measles cases in Auckland, it’s important that people make sure they’re immunised against this serious disease
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World Economic Forum’s $US47 trillion health warning

Tuesday 20 September 2011, 4:55PM

Growing health costs mean health systems and their effectiveness are fast becoming economic policy issues, Health Funds Association chief executive Roger Styles said today
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Health organisation takes dose of own medicine

Monday 19 September 2011, 11:02AM

Christchurch's largest general practice and support organisation is shaking off snow, quakes, and any loss-of-world-cup-games blues with a morale boosting initiative that’s just plain fun
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Decision Reached on Clinical Trial Research Agreement

Friday 16 September 2011, 11:38AM


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Providing the best care for people with long-term health conditions

Thursday 15 September 2011, 2:31PM

The three Auckland-based district health boards (DHBs) are testing new ways of managing the care of people with long-term health conditions
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Huge Programme of Research on Medical Uses of NZ honey launched

Thursday 15 September 2011, 2:29PM

Medical researcher Professor Shaun Holt has announced what is believed to be the world's largest programme of research on the medical uses of honey
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Health Quality & Safety Commission to host forums on quality improvement

Thursday 15 September 2011, 8:57AM

The Health Quality & Safety Commission is inviting clinicians, health leaders and consumer groups to the first of its quality forums in Auckland and Christchurch next month
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Manuka honey pioneers welcome ratification of honey testing method

Tuesday 13 September 2011, 2:56PM

Global leaders in the production of therapeutic grade manuka honey, Manuka Health, have welcomed the announcement that the leading testing laboratories in Singapore, New Zealand government-owned AsureQuality, will now be testing for methylglyoxal as their measurement of activity in manuka honey
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Community pharmacists ready for injury time at RWC

Monday 12 September 2011, 5:39PM

Pharmacies are standing ready to assist Rugby World Cup visitors who may need health or medical advice during their stay in New Zealand, says the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand
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NSAIDs and the risk of miscarriage

Monday 12 September 2011, 5:29PM

The New Zealand Self Medication Industry (SMI) today commented on a nested case-control study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal[1]
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Health advice for RWC visitors just a phone call away

Monday 12 September 2011, 5:20PM

While an overdose of rugby is likely to be the only thing Rugby World Cup visitors will suffer from during their stay in New Zealand, they’re being reassured they can call Healthline if anything more serious crops up
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Brush teeth twice a day to keep disease at bay

Monday 12 September 2011, 3:00PM

“Brushing your teeth twice a day could help you keep your healthy smile for life,” Chief Dental Officer Dr Robyn Haisman-Welsh advised on World Oral Health Day
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Evaluation shows callers find Mental Health Line a valuable service

Monday 12 September 2011, 9:51AM

People using the Mental Health Line service say it helps them to get better control of the situation they’re in before it gets any worse
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NSAIDs and the risk of miscarriage

Thursday 08 September 2011, 4:11PM

The New Zealand Self Medication Industry (SMI) today commented on a nested case-control study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal[1]. The study included 4705 women who had experienced a spontaneous abortion and 47,050 matched controls
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Comparing weight loss programmes-results

Thursday 08 September 2011, 11:13AM

An international study of overweight and obese adults comparing commercial weight loss programs with weight loss plans managed by local doctors or nurses found both groups lost weight, but participants in the commercial program lost significantly more weight
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Government response to clinical trials welcomed

Wednesday 07 September 2011, 2:26PM


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Taranaki DHB trials electronic tool to reduce medication errors

Wednesday 07 September 2011, 10:08AM


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Drug company wins top business award

Tuesday 06 September 2011, 3:41PM

A Takapuna-based drug company claimed top honours at the 2011 Westpac Auckland North Business Awards at the competition’s annual Gala Dinner held [on Friday 2 September]
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Release of draft Health Information Exchange Architecture Building Blocks

Monday 05 September 2011, 4:51PM

The draft Heath Information Exchange Architecture Building Blocks Specifications are now open for public comment and we invite you or your organisation to participate in the public comment phase of the project
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