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Doctors Take To Electronic Application System

Tuesday, 2 December, 2008 - 15:39

2 December 2008 - Nearly 3000 doctors are now using an electronic system for helping patients to access some medicines.

Further Antipsychotic Treatment Gets Funding Tick

Monday, 1 December, 2008 - 13:28

1 December 2008 - People with schizophrenic disorders have a new funded treatment available from today.

Drug Company Scaremongering, Says Pharmac

Tuesday, 25 November, 2008 - 16:28

People can be confident a generic version of a widely-used gastrointestinal drug will work just as well as the medicine it is replacing, says PHARMAC.

Appeal Court Says Astrazeneca Must Comply With Comcom Inquiry

Tuesday, 11 November, 2008 - 19:35

Wellington, Nov 11 NZPA - The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by AstraZeneca that it did not have to provide information to a Commerce Commission inquiry into the supply of a life-saving cardiovascular drug.

Changes To Increase Confidence In PTAC Advice

Thursday, 30 October, 2008 - 11:16

30 October 2008 - Under new PTAC Terms of Reference released today, PHARMAC will publish more information about the deliberations of the clinical advisory committees that advise PHARMAC on funding decisions.

Medicines Policy A Major Priority Post Election

Friday, 24 October, 2008 - 15:49

24 October 2008 - Recently National released its policy to increase government funding of medication subsidies by $40million in 2009-10. The extra funding proposed would help more than half a million New Zealanders, for whom arthritis is a way of life.

Herceptin May Be On Horizon For NZ Women

Thursday, 23 October, 2008 - 17:32

23 October 2008 - John Key's announcement today that a National-led government will fund 12 months of Herceptin could bring immeasurable relief to women and their families affected by early stage HER2 positive breast cancer.

2008 Decisions Highlight Funding Tensions, Says Pharmac CEO

Thursday, 16 October, 2008 - 10:19

16 October 2008 - The past year has emphasised the difficult trade-offs that PHARMAC faces in allocating pharmaceutical spending, says CEO Matthew Brougham.

Kedgley: Eltroxin Sufferers To Wait Months, Not Weeks As Promised

Wednesday, 8 October, 2008 - 12:26

Government drug-funding body Pharmac has confirmed today to the Green Party that people experiencing adverse reactions to the thyroid drug Eltroxin will have to wait until at least mid November for a subsidised alternative medicine, despite Government assurances in September that an alternative w

New Guidance To Help With Antipsychotic Use In Elderly

Tuesday, 7 October, 2008 - 11:31

PHARMAC and the College of Psychiatrists have today jointly launched new guidance on the use of antipsychotic medicines in the elderly.