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Medsafe Keeping Watch On Canadian Drug Producer

Monday, 14 September, 2009 - 17:41

Wellington, Sept 14 NZPA - Medsafe is closely monitoring a Canadian medicine manufacturer that supplies products to New Zealand, after the United States put an import ban on medicines produced at two of the company's manufacturing sites.

Medsafe Closely Monitoring Apotex

Monday, 14 September, 2009 - 17:33

The Ministry of Health's drug regulatory arm Medsafe is closely monitoring Apotex, Canada's largest medicines manufacturer, following the United States placing an import ban on medicines produced at two manufacturing sites by this company.

Millions Saved Through Medicine Competition - Pharmac

Monday, 7 September, 2009 - 11:13

Wellington, Sept 7 NZPA - Competition between pharmaceutical companies over the heart drug metoprolol has resulted in a $65 million saving over five years for government drug buying agency Pharmac.

Heart Drug Deals To Save $65 Million

Monday, 7 September, 2009 - 10:15

PHARMAC has completed agreements with two companies for the heart drug metoprolol that will realise $65 million of savings over the next five years.

Pharmac To Fund New Drug For Hypertension Sufferers

Wednesday, 26 August, 2009 - 14:28

Wellington, Aug 26 NZPA - Pharmac will fund a new treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) which it says will significantly improve quality and length of life for sufferers.

Pharmac said Bosentan was now available along with other PAH treatments Sildenafil and Iloprost.

New Leukaemia Treatment Funded

Monday, 3 August, 2009 - 11:26

3 August 2009 - PHARMAC is funding a new medication for patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia, called dasatanib (Sprycel).

Pharmac To Extend Humira Funding

Saturday, 1 August, 2009 - 00:01

Wellington, Aug 1 NZPA - A drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis will now be offered to a wider range of people suffering a variety of ailments, Pharmac says.

Health Minister Confirms New Medicines Spending

Thursday, 30 July, 2009 - 15:45

Health Minister Tony Ryall has told Parliament today that Pharmac's planning is well advanced on how it will spend tens of millions of dollars in new medicines funding. Mr Ryall said, "$31 million of the new money has been added to Pharmac's Community Pharmaceutical Budget.

Pharmac Welcomes Increase In Pharmaceutical Budget

Thursday, 30 July, 2009 - 15:33

Government drug funder PHARMAC is welcoming the increase in the pharmaceutical budget, which it says will help ensure people continue to have improving access to medicines.

New Medication Available For Hepatitis B Sufferers

Thursday, 23 July, 2009 - 16:52

Wellington, July 23 NZPA - New medication to help overcome drug resistance for people with hepatitis B will be Pharmac-funded from August 1.

Pharmac, the Government's drug-buying agency, will fund entecavir (Baraclude) as a first line treatment option for people with hepatitis B.