Medication update

Date Published: 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Professor Bruce Arroll discusses updates in New Zealand medication for general practice. Bruce is a GP in South Auckland, director of the Goodfellow Unit and a Professor in General Practice at the University of Auckland.



  • Women’s health: Considering the emergency contraceptive
  • Iron supplements on alternative days
  • Antibiotic updates: Sinusitis
  • Asymptomatic bacteria in non pregnant women
  • Oral fluclox and a different dosing regime
  • new approaches to treating depression
  • Drug holidays and SSRI’s- have been shown to improve sexual function
  • Vildagliptin – now fully funded gliptin for type 2 diabetes
  • Osteoporosis management now suggests a bisphosphonate holiday
  • Opioids always require a cautious use approach
  • The triple whammy

Take home messages

  • Its hard to keep up with medicine changes.
  • Consider having BPAC antibiotic guide and NZF open on your browser and refer to them often.
  • Subscribe to prescriber updates.
  • Form a good relationship with your local pharmacist.



Prof. Bruce Arroll
General Practitioner

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