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UPDATED: Funding new medicines in NZ – Expert reaction

Laura Goodall posted in on April 17th, 2015.

Funding new medicines in New Zealand can take over eight years and recommending a drug as high priority does not necessarily shorten its wait time, a new study finds. New research published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal has found that there are a substantial number of medicines awaiting funding in New Zealand by […]

Painkiller use high despite risks – study

John Kerr posted in on February 15th, 2013.

The anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac, sold as Voltaren in New Zealand, has come under fire internationally for being too widely used in place of other equally effective, yet safer options. A study in this week’s PLOS Medicine finds that the painkiller diclofenac (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)) is the most commonly used NSAID in 15 countries […]

Medication and driving – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on September 13th, 2012.

Drugs prescribed to treat anxiety, depression and insomnia may increase patients’ risk of being involved in motor vehicle accidents, according to a recent study. The Taiwanese research, published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, compared medication use between individuals who had been in a motor vehicle accident and a group of age matched controls […]

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