Medication

Webinar: Prescribing antipsychotics in primary care

Webinar with Associate Professor David Menkes. David is an academic psychiatrist with a background in psychology and pharmacology (PhD 1983, Yale), and a continuing interest in the optimal use and toxicology of drug treatments in psychiatry.

Webinar: Statins; who, when, where and why

In this webinar Dr Tony Scott, cardiologist talked about the use of statins in primary care and dealt with questions such as 'are all statins equal?' and 'how do you prescribe statins and maintain medication compliance?" 

Also covered was how to approach discussions around the size of the benefit to enable patients to be fully informed (re taking statins) and how to discuss potential harms eg., dementia, diabetes, fatigue and muscle aches.

 

Beta-blockers no longer first line for simple hypertension

Initiating treatment of hypertension with beta-blockers leads to modest CVD reductions and little or no effects on mortality (atenolol mainly studied).

Deprescribing medications

Leanne Te Karu talks with us about deprescribing medications. Leanne is a prescribing pharmacist with over 25 years experience across a wide range of settings. She has worked for the quality safety commission and also BPAC. Leanne was a founding member of the Māori pharmacists association and was the inaugural recipient of clinical pharmacist of the year award.

Antibiotic prescribing challenges

PODCAST: Professor Bruce Arroll talks about antibiotic use and the prescribing challenges that GPs face.

Management of gout in Aotearoa New Zealand

Dr Helen Fulcher, Goodfellow GP Advisor talks with Rheumatologist, Professor Nicola Dalbeth and Consultant Prescribing Pharmacist Leanne Te Karu talks about the management of gout in New Zealand.

Cannabinoids for pain management - Giresh Kanji

Dr Giresh Kanji talks about prescribing cannabinoids for pain management in primary care. Giresh is a musculoskeletal pain specialist who competed a PhD in chronic pain in 2013. He is currently performing a randomised control trial in chronic low back pain.

Intensive blood pressure control in the elderly - Bruce Arroll

Professor Bruce Arroll discusses the issues around intensive blood pressure control in the elderly. Bruce is a GP in south Auckland and professor of general practice at the University of Auckland.

Alprazolam and benzodiazepine prescribing - Rob Shieff

Rob Shieff talks about the removal of alprazolam (Xanax) from the New Zealand pharmaceutical schedule and issues around benzodiazepine prescribing. Rob is a general adult psychiatrist practising in Auckland. His special interest is in the evaluation and management of anxiety and mood disorders.

Webinar: An update on adult asthma

Professor John Kolbe reviewed the plethora of new inhalers that have come onto the market. 

The role of inflammation versus spasm in the lungs and the role of inhaled corticosteroids in the management of asthma was covered, as well as inhaled steroids and pneumonia.

The webinar was introduced and moderated by Professor Bruce Arroll, Director of the Goodfellow Unit. 

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