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Dunne announces NZ Medicines Formulary

Monday 05 September 2011, 4:36PM

Health professionals will soon have access to an up-to-date, comprehensive and New Zealand-specific medicines information resource, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne announced today
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Decision-makers back concept of tobacco-free NZ by 2025

Monday 05 September 2011, 8:54AM

Research led by the University of Otago, Wellington shows that senior officials, health practitioners, decision-makers and opinion-leaders support bold new ways of thinking being explored to achieve a tobacco-free New Zealand
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Problems from prescribing opioid drugs ‘sure to rise’

Friday 02 September 2011, 3:24PM

Problems associated with the prescription drug Oxycodone will increase in New Zealand if we keep following overseas trends, a conference in Auckland was warned today
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GuildLink® system allows pharmacists to focus more on patients

Friday 02 September 2011, 9:43AM

Community pharmacists now have an easier and more streamlined way to manage and improve their quality practice
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Flu vaccine a good match this year

Thursday 01 September 2011, 4:25PM

Virus specialist Dr Lance Jennings says that all three types of influenza virus currently in circulation (pandemic H1N1 09 (swine flu), H3N2 and B virus) are covered by the 2011 seasonal influenza vaccine
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Swisspers supports breast cancer awareness

Thursday 01 September 2011, 1:51PM

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Kiwis reluctant to undergo flu vaccination

Thursday 01 September 2011, 10:45AM

Southern Cross Health Society has released survey results that show around one third of those who didn’t get the flu vaccination this year chose not to because they don’t believe the vaccination will work, exposing them to one of winter’s nastiest ills
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Adherence event series set to launch in Auckland this week

Wednesday 31 August 2011, 4:01PM

Professor Keith Petrie, Health Psychology Specialist, will discuss the importance of “getting into the minds of patients” in the first of a series of lectures, to support the NZ healthcare market’s understanding on the issue of medication non-adherence, on the 2nd September in Auckland
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Community pharmacists welcome improvements to prescribers’ software

Tuesday 30 August 2011, 1:39PM

Changes made by Medtech Global to its prescribing software will help reduce prescription errors and enhance patient safety, says the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand
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Addiction treatment in New Zealand requires urgent change

Tuesday 30 August 2011, 1:23PM

Addiction treatment in New Zealand has been seriously underfunded for many decades, National Addiction Centre Director Professor Doug Sellman told a symposium in Wellington today
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Recall of Tommee Tippee Cherub Comforter

Friday 26 August 2011, 5:16PM

Jackel (NZ) Ltd has initiated an immediate, voluntary product recall of its Tommee Tippee Cherub Comforter. Other Tommee Tippee products are unaffected by this recall
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Drug policy experts warn things must change

Friday 26 August 2011, 2:33PM

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Bupa personal wins diversity award

Friday 26 August 2011, 9:45AM

Age care provider Bupa Care Services personal development programme has won the Diversity Award at this years EEO Trust Work & Life Awards 2011
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Hot air can be serious

Thursday 25 August 2011, 2:25PM

New Zealanders shouldn’t be writing off body gas as simply hot air. That’s the message from a leading nutritionist who says excess body gas can be a symptom of more serious gastro-intestinal health issues
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Human right awards for local initiatives

Tuesday 23 August 2011, 2:24PM

A series of local initiatives to break down language barriers has helped many newly settled peoples from refugee and migrant backgrounds to stay healthier this year
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New Director of Mental Health Appointed

Tuesday 23 August 2011, 1:57PM

The Director-General of Health has announced the appointment of Dr John Crawshaw as Director of Mental Health
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Free health advice available for winter illnesses

Tuesday 23 August 2011, 8:41AM

Winter may have been slow to arrive but there is no doubt it’s here, bringing with it the usual flu, colds and tummy bugs that can spell misery for a lot of people at this time of year
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Help save your sight with vitamin C

Thursday 18 August 2011, 1:19PM

New research indicates that Vitamin C may be critical to maintaining good eye health and could be protective for those at risk of glaucoma
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Auckland DHBS joining forces to tackle fraud

Thursday 18 August 2011, 11:19AM

The three DHBs - Counties Manukau, Auckland and Waitemata - have signed up to a public hotline (0800 424 888) to tackle the small but growing problem of fraud. Nationally, more than $11 million in health sector funds were recovered last year from fraud investigations
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Guild welcomes decision to allow pharmacists to give flu vaccines

Thursday 18 August 2011, 10:58AM

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand has welcomed a decision by the Medical Officers of Health authorising qualified pharmacists to deliver the unsubsidised influenza vaccine to patients in Auckland, Bay of Plenty and the Waikato
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Influenza vaccinations available from selected Pharmacybrands pharmacies

Wednesday 17 August 2011, 5:11PM

Pharmacybrands Limited (NZX: PHB) announced that, from today, people will be able to get influenza vaccines from pharmacists in selected Amcal, Care, Life, Radius and Unichem pharmacies in Auckland, Waikato, and the Bay of Plenty
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Guild praises actions of whistleblowing locum

Monday 15 August 2011, 12:27PM

The Pharmacy Guild is praising the actions of the locum pharmacist who alerted the Ministry of Health to false claims being made by the pharmacy co-owned by convicted Auckland pharmacist, Wayne Baker.
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Pharmacy Council adopts a Maori Name

Friday 12 August 2011, 2:16PM

The Pharmacy Council is delighted to announce the Council Māori Name, which was decided earlier this month
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Health Quality & Safety Commission welcomes appointment

Thursday 11 August 2011, 9:40AM

The Health Quality & Safety Commission is delighted its chair, Professor Alan Merry, has been chosen to head the University of Auckland’s School of Medicine
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Pharmacy Council MOC

Tuesday 09 August 2011, 3:28PM

The Pharmacy Council has signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Australian Pharmacy Council at the 9th Life Long Learning in Pharmacy Conference held recently in Rotorua.
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Compound designed in New Zealand starves cancer cells of glucose

Thursday 04 August 2011, 10:18AM

Scientists from the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre (ACSRC) and Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery have designed a new compound that starves certain cancer cells of glucose, depriving them of energy
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Guild takes heart from new collaborative model in UK

Thursday 04 August 2011, 10:07AM

A new direction in cooperation between pharmacists and doctors in the United Kingdom is a possible model for New Zealand, says the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand
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Changes in Pharmacy Council leadership

Wednesday 03 August 2011, 5:18PM

The Pharmacy Council is delighted to announce that Dr Andrew Bary has been elected as the new chair of Council
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Pharmacybrand rejoins JWT

Wednesday 03 August 2011, 5:14PM

JWT New Zealand announces that leading listed healthcare company Pharmacybrands Limited (NZX: PBL) has joined the agency
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iFOBT test selected for bowel screening pilot

Wednesday 03 August 2011, 4:34PM

A single sample immunochemical faecal occult blood test (iFOBT) has been selected by the Ministry of Health for use in the Bowel Screening Pilot, which begins in the Waitemata District Health Board area in late October
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Eight month rollover important opportunity for sector

Thursday 28 July 2011, 9:28AM

The rollover of the pharmacy services contract was a key focus of the Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum (CPLF) today
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DHBs offer eight-month variation to Pharmacy Services Agreement

Wednesday 27 July 2011, 11:01AM

DHBs have decided to offer a variation to the Pharmacy Services Agreement that will take effect on 1 September 2011 for an eight month period to 30 April 2012
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Dunne: Universal List of Medicines released

Tuesday 26 July 2011, 5:07PM

The New Zealand Universal List of Medicines, designed to prevent potentially harmful confusion about medicines has been given its general release, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne said today [26 July]
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Eight month roll-over makes sense, says Guild

Tuesday 26 July 2011, 4:58PM

The Guild is welcoming a variation to the current Pharmacy Services Agreement with the main feature being an eight month roll-over period. The current Agreement between DHBs and community pharmacies is due to expire on 31 August
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Sending a message about community pharmacy

Monday 25 July 2011, 2:25PM

The Pharmacy Guild is promoting the value of pharmacy with ads in national newspapers today (25 July).
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Five simple ways to protect your heart

Monday 25 July 2011, 1:52PM

Clinicians has launched formulations for heart health and circulation
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Updated medicines regulations confirmed

Tuesday 12 July 2011, 10:03AM

Media release from health minister Tony Ryall 12 July
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New generic ED drug significantly lowers cost

Monday 20 June 2011, 4:12PM

New Zealand’s Douglas Pharmaceuticals will launch Silvasta – a generic of Viagra™, a treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED) today
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NZ dementia numbers hit more than 40,000

Thursday 16 June 2011, 7:25PM

There are currently more than 40,000 people in New Zealand with some form of dementia, according to latest statistics from Home Instead Senior Care (16 June)
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Further research into climate change and infectious diseases needed - Otago University

Monday 13 June 2011, 3:07PM

Much more effort should be made by NZ government agencies and researchers into the possible increase of infectious diseases because of climate change according to latest research from University of Otago says
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