Medications & Drugs

Views of NZ self-medication body at odds with safety

Views of New Zealand self-medication body at odds with safety concerns of some members

AFT Pharmaceuticals (AFT) has identified a major error with the formulation of over 1300 cold and flu products used around the world.

  • 25 Mar 2014

1/3 of NZ families affected by alcohol and drug problems

A third of New Zealanders have a family member who has experienced negative effects in their life due to alcohol or drug use, research commissioned by the New Zealand Drug Foundation has shown.

  • 21 Feb 2014

Mouthwash 'a disaster for health'

Using mouthwash is a 'disaster' for health, increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes, scientists are warning. Swilling kills off 'good' bacteria that help blood vessels relax - so increasing blood pressure.

  • 26 Jan 2014

Funding system for costly drugs 'unfair'

Access to costly but life-saving treatment for rare diseases comes down to looking cute on TV or knowing a politician, sufferers say.

  • 21 Jan 2014

NZ Women Now Have Access to New Once Monthly Vaginal Ring

= For women who don’t want the hassle of a daily contraceptive, there is now a new once monthly contraception option - NuvaRing® (120mcg etonogestrel / 15mcg ethinyl estradiol per day).

  • 03 Dec 2013

Parents Can Lead the Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance

One in 4 Aussie parents have kept left-over antibiotics or unfilled antibiotics prescriptions to use ‘next time’, according to new research released today for global Antibiotic Awareness Week.

  • 22 Nov 2013

First funded treatment for motor neurone disease

The first funded pharmaceutical treatment for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), the most common form of motor neurone disease, will become available from 1 October 2013.

  • 30 Sep 2013

E-cigarettes show promise in helping smokers quit

The first ever trial to compare e-cigarettes with nicotine patches shows comparable success in helping smokers to quit.

  • 08 Sep 2013

Fluoridation leaflet misleading, says expert

A dental expert is urging Hamiltonians to disregard a leaflet about a decision to stop fluoridation dismissing it as "wrong, unscientific and misleading" ahead of a referendum on the issue.

  • 14 Aug 2013

Early results show potential for new way to quit

A ground-breaking trial of a world-first nicotine inhaler developed by the University of Otago, Wellington has been underway for a month now, with some significant results.

  • 31 Jul 2013

Antidepressants 'could be risk to unborn babies'

The risk posed by some popular antidepressants in early pregnancy is not worth taking for women with mild to moderate depression, an expert has warned.

  • 25 Jun 2013

New rules for tooth whitening products

From 30 June 2013, there will be restrictions on the sale of all tooth whiteners that contain more than seven percent hydrogen peroxide.

  • 25 Jun 2013

Fertility treatment offers women fewer daily injections

ELONVA® (corifollitropin alfa injection) launched in New Zealand

Auckland. June 24, 2013 – New Zealand women choosing to undergo an assisted reproductive technology (ART) programme may now have a more convenient and less stressful option. One injection of ELONVA, launched in New Zealand this month, may replace seven daily injections of conventional treatment.


  • 24 Jun 2013

Heart attack prevention takes a step forward

Treatment for the heart condition acute coronary syndrome (ACS) gets a boost from 1 July with funding for the new generation blood thinning drug ticagrelor (Brilinta).

  • 23 Jun 2013

Special report: More Kiwis will die from steroid use, warns sister

Steroids have claimed the lives of at least two New Zealanders and more are likely to follow unless something is done to address the country's burgeoning performance and image enhancing drug (Pied) culture, warns the sister of one of the victims.

  • 17 Jun 2013

Tragic threat lurking in pursuit of perfection

Kris McKenzie loved his puppy, Oden. One day, inexplicably, Kris flew into a rage, grabbed Oden and threw him into a wall.

  • 17 Jun 2013

Autologous Tissue Repair Becoming a Key Practice Area

(Amherst, NH) – The ability to isolate, purify and re-inject patient-derived cells with regenerative properties has led to a number of therapeutic products for the treatment of refractory injuries and wounds. Autologous therapies are having an impact on a number of areas, including cardiovascular medicine, refractory wound care, orthopedics, and surgical medicine.

  • 11 Jun 2013

NZ pharmaceutical company HoneyLab obtains investment

NZ pharmaceutical company HoneyLab obtains investment, expertise and exciting research results. HoneyLab, a New Zealand-based and operated pharmaceutical company, has today announced that it has successfully raised the capital required to fund further clinical trials on several promising products for conditions including skin diseases, diabetes, emphysema and arthritis.

  • 06 Jun 2013

Digital Mammography Goes Live at Waikato Hospital

Waikato Hospital’s Breast Care Centre and three mobile breast screening units are officially transferring to digital mammography as of this Friday (31 May).

  • 30 May 2013

Stroke patients see signs of recovery in stem-cell trial

Five seriously disabled stroke patients have shown small signs of recovery following the injection of stem cells into their brain. Prof Keith Muir, of Glasgow University, who is treating them, says he is "surprised" by the mild to moderate improvements in the five patients.


  • 27 May 2013