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New Treatment To Overcome Drug Resistant Hepatitis B

Thursday, 23 July, 2009 - 15:26

PHARMAC is investing in a new medication to help overcome drug resistance for people with hepatitis B.

From August 1, entecavir (Baraclude) will be funded under Special Authority as a first line treatment option for people with hepatitis B.

Medicine Savings Mean Funding For Other Treatments - Pharmac

Tuesday, 21 July, 2009 - 16:34

Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Savings made by Pharmac have resulted in millions able to be spent on other medications, the government drug buying organisation said today.

Savings Decisions To Free Up $27 Million

Tuesday, 21 July, 2009 - 16:08

July 21, 2009.- Savings on three pharmaceuticals achieved by PHARMAC will free up $27 million for spending on new medicines over the next three years.

Pharmac To Fund Chlamydia Drug For Cystic Fibrosis Treatment

Tuesday, 30 June, 2009 - 16:52

Wellington, June 30 NZPA - An antibiotic used to treat chlamydia will be funded for cystic fibrosis treatment from tomorrow, Government drug buying agency Pharmac announced today.

Cystic Fibrosis Treatment Funded To Save Patients And Money - Pharmac

Tuesday, 30 June, 2009 - 14:27

Funding azithromycin for cystic fibrosis is great news for patients and will save the health sector money, says Government drug-funder PHARMAC.

Pharmac To Fully Fund Heart Condition Treatments

Friday, 19 June, 2009 - 12:06

Wellington, June 19 NZPA - Three treatments for a potentially fatal heart condition are to be fully funded by Pharmac from next month.

The condition, pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) , affects the heart and lungs, often causing severe shortness of breath.

Aids Foundation Wants New HIV Drugs Funded

Thursday, 18 June, 2009 - 19:56

Wellington, June 18 NZPA - The Aids Foundation (NZAF) is worried New Zealanders living with HIV will not be able to get two new life saving drugs.

The drugs Duranavir and Raltegravir have been approved for use in New Zealand but last month Pharmac refused to fund them, NZAF said.

Hundreds Of New Zealanders To Benefit From Pharmac Funding For Cancer Medicine

Tuesday, 16 June, 2009 - 14:10

16 June 2009 - New Zealanders diagnosed with indolent (low grade) non Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) now have expanded funding for a cutting edge biotherapy, MabThera® (rituximab), increasing their chances of beating this slowly progressing but often fatal disease.

Greater Access To Life-Extending Lymphoma Drug

Tuesday, 16 June, 2009 - 14:05

16 June 2009 - Treatment for a form of cancer is about to take a forward step with the widening of funded access to the in-hospital drug rituximab (Mabthera).

NZ European Children More Likely To Get Better Asthma Treatment

Wednesday, 3 June, 2009 - 22:06

Wellington, June 3 NZPA - New Zealand European children are more likely to get better asthma treatment than Maori and Pacific Island children, the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation says.