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 •  January 5

EDITORIAL: It doesn't take a medical degree to understand there is no such thing as a free lunch. But lots of people with medical degrees will argue the free lunch they get from a drug company has no bearing on what drugs they will prescribe. That is despite international research showing doctors who accept money, gifts or sponsored training from...

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 •  November 12, 2017

A new system to cut the number of people being taken to hospital because of reactions to their medication has been introduced in South Canterbury. South Canterbury District Health Board (SCDHB) pharmacy services manager Nagham Ailabouni‚Äč said it had set a pilot service called Medfix, where a comprehensive review of a patient's medications was...

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 •  May 25, 2017

Party animals beware: your remarkably cheap MDMA might not be the real thing - and you're putting yourself at risk with a mystery drug. Of the 3795 Kiwis who took part in this year's Global Drug Survey, 10.3 per cent said they had used MDMA in the last year, and 25.3 per cent reported ever using it. But the amount they're spending on it - as little...

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 •  April 4, 2017

Innovation and safety come hand in hand when you are regulating new drugs to combat untreatable diseases. It is a process AFT Pharmaceuticals founder Hartley Atkinson knows all too well. He said regulators had an "about right" balance of caution and encouragement towards innovation in the pharmaceutical industry. "If you have got something new,...