Canterbury DHB


March 2021

Pink Book General Advice and Introduction

Prescribing Instructions for Medicines

  • New links have been added for palliative care and opioid substitution guidelines that are relevant to discharge planning.
  • New content has been added about how to make Home Intravenous Antimicrobial referrals.

Antimicrobial Guidelines

Acute Lower UTIs

  • Guidelines updated to recommend modified release nitrofurantoin 100 mg capsules (dosed twice daily) first-line for empiric treatment of cystitis.
  • See bulletin.

Prescribing Guidelines

Prescribing in Liver Impairment

  • Reviewed.
  • Added definition for severe liver impairment (Childs Pugh B or C).

Pharmacokinetic Table


  • Reviewed.


  • Reviewed.


  • Reviewed.


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Last Updated:

March 2021

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Topic Code: 845307