April 2023

Pink Book General Advice and Introduction

Prescribing Instructions for Medicines


Updated advice for medicine use outside Pharmac Hospital Medicines List restrictions (Non-HML) including Named Patient Pharmaceutical Assessment (NPPA) applications.

See the updated flowchart that outlines when and how to apply via the hospital rapid NPPA application process.

Antimicrobial Guidelines

Antimicrobial Susceptibilities


CHL antimicrobial susceptibility patterns link now updated to reflect 2022 data.

Necrotising Soft Tissue Infections


Increased the benzylpenicillin dose for necrotising fasciitis.

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Topic Code: 1139178