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October 2014

Kiwi start-up breaks the taboo

Tuesday 21 October 2014, 4:46PM

New Zealand based ConfiTEX™ announces that it is seeking support for the release of its new underwear range through crowdfunding
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New health resource encourages medication literacy

Tuesday 21 October 2014, 10:00AM

Pharmacists will be among those distributing a new health literacy resource, Let’s PLAN for better care
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Everyone has a part to play in infection prevention and control 21 October 2014

Tuesday 21 October 2014, 9:44AM

International Infection Prevention Week, October 20-26, is a reminder that infection prevention and control is everyone’s business and responsibility – whether you are a patient, family member or health care professional, says the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Dr Sally Roberts
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New medicine listings improve treatment options for people with respiratory conditions

Tuesday 21 October 2014, 8:32AM

PHARMAC decisions to fund four new medicines will improve treatment options for over 10,000 people with a wide range of respiratory conditions
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Volunteers needed for nutrition study

Monday 20 October 2014, 10:16AM

An exciting new study on nutrition labelling is underway at the National Institute for Health Innovation at the University of Auckland, and volunteers are needed to take part
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Statement of preliminary issues for GlaxoSmithKline’s application to acquire Novartis’ consumer healthcare business

Monday 20 October 2014, 9:20AM

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application for GlaxoSmithKline to acquire Novartis’ consumer healthcare business
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Trilogy International announces appointment of Angela Buglass as Managing Director

Monday 20 October 2014, 9:10AM

Trilogy International Limited (NZX:TIL) has appointed Angela Buglass as managing director of Trilogy Natural Products as it gears up for a new phase of international growth
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Pharmac funded drug to provide huge benefits for asthmatics

Monday 20 October 2014, 9:01AM

Pharmac funded drug will provide huge benefits for those with severe asthma
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Maori & Pacific Island Children Overrepresented in Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Due to Chickenpox - Study

Monday 20 October 2014, 8:56AM

Maori and Pacific Island children are over represented in admissions to paediatric intensive care in NZ for serious chickenpox complications with an almost threefold and sixfold increase respectively
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Toxic algae in Te Wairewa/Lake Forsyth

Friday 17 October 2014, 3:40PM

The Community and Public Health division of Canterbury District Health Board has issued a health warning after potentially toxic blue-green algae (planktonic cyanobacteria) was found in Te Wairewa/Lake Forsyth
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ProPharma taking up new ‘platinum’ role in Pharmacy Awards

Friday 17 October 2014, 2:56PM

After 26 years as principal co-sponsor of the Pharmacy Awards, ProPharma is changing its involvement with the awards
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West Coast gears up for Ebola

Friday 17 October 2014, 2:19PM

The West Coast District Health Board is ensuring it is prepared for Ebola, in line with national and international preparations in case the disease reaches New Zealand
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Health Minister checks out Ebola unit

Friday 17 October 2014, 1:38PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today seen first-hand how Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital is well prepared to treat any suspected Ebola patients
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Looking out for vulnerable children

Friday 17 October 2014, 11:39AM

Protecting and keeping our children safe from harm is a key aim of the new Vulnerable Children Act 2014
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Clarification of sildenafil reclassification

Friday 17 October 2014, 11:20AM

New Zealand men will now have access to multiple brands of sildenafil for the treatment of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) – including Viagra and Avigra – via prescription from a specially trained pharmacist, as an alternative to visiting their GP
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Statement of preliminary issues for GlaxoSmithKline’s application to acquire Novartis’ consumer healthcare business

Friday 17 October 2014, 11:06AM

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to a joint application for GlaxoSmithKline to acquire Novartis' consumer healthcare business
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Canterbury Health System preparing for Ebola

Friday 17 October 2014, 8:46AM

With the alert on Ebola being stepped up internationally, there’s been a rapid response within the Canterbury Health System in preparing for the disease if it was to reach our shores
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Kiwi pharmacists first to dispense erectile dysfunction treatment without prescription

Thursday 16 October 2014, 5:00PM

Kiwi pharmacists will be the first in the world to dispense a generic erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment, known as Silvasta (sildenafil), without a prescription
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High-risk medicines must be treated with respect

Thursday 16 October 2014, 2:11PM

The consequences of an adverse drug event (ADE) are only too clear to Taranaki man John Smith, who became seriously ill after taking warfarin, following a heart attack
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Campaign to help Kiwis recognise stroke signs

Thursday 16 October 2014, 2:02PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new campaign to help New Zealanders recognise the signs of a stroke is being launched in Waikato today
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The launch of the Canterbury Innovation showcase & Spark Digital Health eHome

Thursday 16 October 2014, 1:46PM

The launch of the Canterbury Innovation showcase & Spark Digital Health eHome
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Older Kiwis taking their own lives a month after visit to GP

Thursday 16 October 2014, 1:41PM

A study has found that older New Zealanders committing suicide often visited their doctors one month before taking their lives
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Public-Private partnerships vital to advance ebola treatment pipeline, says GlobalData analyst

Thursday 16 October 2014, 12:07PM

In the battle against Ebola, incentives from governments and healthcare policymakers have been and will continue to be vital for advancing the current treatment pipeline, by mitigating the risk and up-front costs from pharmaceutical companies, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData
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New technology speeds up cancer treatment

Thursday 16 October 2014, 12:05PM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says new technology being used at Auckland City Hospital will enable more precise and faster radiotherapy treatment for people with cancer
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Southern DHB releases strategic plan for public consultation

Thursday 16 October 2014, 12:00PM

Southern District Health Board is releasing a draft 10-year district-wide strategic health services plan, asking staff, health providers and the general public for their input into its most comprehensive plan to date
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A place of their own

Thursday 16 October 2014, 11:54AM

New Zealanders under 65 with Younger Onset Dementia (YOD) placed in support services designed for the elderly can experience high levels of distress as they lose contact with social networks and age-appropriate activities, a study has highlighted
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Hospitals support “Stoptober” for National Anaesthesia Day

Thursday 16 October 2014, 11:51AM

National Anaesthesia Day is an opportunity for patients to consider the health benefits of stopping smoking for a short time, or permanently, when they are having surgery, says the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists
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Retailer breaks law selling tobacco to underaged

Wednesday 15 October 2014, 4:43PM

A tobacco retailer in the Grey District could face a fine of $500 after they were caught selling cigarettes to an underage customer
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Low-risk prostate cancer patients will benefit from active surveillance guidelines

Wednesday 15 October 2014, 9:33AM

New guidelines for active surveillance of prostate cancer will improve health outcomes for those with low grade diagnoses, according to two University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) experts who had input in to the international recommendations
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Government-backed Generics Limiting Netherlands’ Pharmaceutical Market Growth, says GlobalData

Wednesday 15 October 2014, 9:08AM

The Netherlands’ pharmaceutical market value will rise slowly from approximately $6.7 billion in 2014 to $7.2 billion by 2020, with growth restricted by the government’s focus on generic drugs as a cost-containment tool, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData
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Red Cross Volunteer poses no harm to Northlanders

Tuesday 14 October 2014, 4:32PM

Northlanders are being reassured that a local midwife and nurse who recently returned from volunteering at the scene of Ebola is not contagious
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Christchurch Hospital’s riverside entrance closes

Tuesday 14 October 2014, 1:51PM


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Stay connected in Hospital

Tuesday 14 October 2014, 1:47PM

Patients and visitors at Christchurch Hospital can now stay connected wirelessly free of charge
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Mental health of New Zealanders to be discussed at Dunedin conference

Tuesday 14 October 2014, 12:14PM

The largest annual psychiatry conference in New Zealand will be held in Dunedin from tomorrow 15 October to 17 October, with more than 60 speakers presenting the latest research on mental health issues like suicide and depression
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Minister welcomes Northland’s roll out of free under 13s doctors’ visits

Tuesday 14 October 2014, 10:59AM

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes Northland’s decision to fund free doctors’ visits and prescriptions for under 13s
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NZSMI welcomes Australian over-the-counter NSAIDs review

Tuesday 14 October 2014, 9:30AM

Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry (SMI) welcomes the release by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of its review of cardiovascular risks of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and the announcement of its public consultation about options to reduce the risks associated with over-the-counter (OTC) NSAIDs
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Speaker on rise of the health bots

Monday 13 October 2014, 1:58PM

An expert on surgical robotics and innovation will be visiting from the United States this month
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Pharmac approves largest single deal

Monday 13 October 2014, 12:04PM

Nearly 12,000 New Zealanders are set to benefit from major agreements that have been approved by Pharmac
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Endo Buys Struggling Auxilium for $2.6 Billion to Augment Urology Franchise, says GlobalData Analyst

Monday 13 October 2014, 9:36AM

Endo International’s $2.6 billion purchase of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals complements Endo’s urology and male health portfolio, and the company intends to leverage its resources to optimize and drive increased adoption of three key Auxilium drugs, according to an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData
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What is 52? - In New Zealand at least 52 people will die from asthma this year

Monday 13 October 2014, 9:17AM

The Asthma Foundation has launched a hard-hitting campaign for Asthma Awareness Week and Balloon Day
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