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Published: 10 December 2015

Prescriber Update Quiz 2015 - Answers

Prescriber Update 36(4):
December 2015

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

Have you read your copy of Prescriber Update in 2015?
Have you kept up to date with emerging safety signals?

Test your knowledge with the end-of-year Prescriber Update quiz.

  1. True or false: Each single dose tube of Picato gel should cover an area of approximately 5 cm x 5 cm.
  2. During treatment with dabigatran, renal function must be assessed:;
    1. at least once a year during treatment
    2. only in situations where renal function is suspected to decline.
    3. only prior to initiation of treatment.
    4. prior to initiation of treatment and at least once every year of treatment, and more frequently in certain situations.
  3. What medicine is currently on Medsafe's M² logo scheme associated with a possible risk of hallucinations?
    Melatonin
  4. Who of the following can make a submission to reclassify a medicine to the Medicines Classification Committee?
    1. pharmaceutical companies
    2. Health professionals and their professional bodies
    3. Medsafe
    4. Members of the public
    5. All of the above
  5. The risk of bleeding when taking new oral anticoagulant medicines dabigatran etexilate (Pradaxa), rivaroxaban (Xarelto), and apixaban (Eliquis) is not increased when taken together with which of the following:
    1. verapamil
    2. fluoxetine
    3. carbamazepine
    4. amiodarone
  6. Which of the following anti-depressants has a low risk of causing sexual dysfunction?
    1. citalopram
    2. mirtazapine
    3. sertraline
    4. venlafaxine
  7. Name one condition/adverse reaction for which clozapine treatment must be permanently discontinued
    Agranulocytosis (ANC < 500/┬Ál) OR
    Myocarditis (troponin > 2 x ULN, CRP > 100mg/L) OR
    Cardiomyopathy
  8. Which of the following medicines have serotonergic effects?
    1. tramadol
    2. methylene blue
    3. linezolid
    4. all of the above
  9. Which of the following statements is false?
    1. Varilrix is indicated for use in individuals from the age of nine months.
    2. Zostavax is indicated for use in individuals 50 years of age and over.
    3. Zostavax is indicated for use in individuals from the age of 12 months.
    4. Varivax is indicated for use in individuals 12 months of age and older
  10. Which of the following medicines is it okay to take with grapefruit juice?
    1. warfarin
    2. simvastatin
    3. tacrolimus
    4. amiodarone
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