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Pharmac widens access to adalimumab through to biosimilar

Wednesday, 17 November, 2021 - 09:19

Pharmac’s chief medical officer Dr David Hughes has today announced the decision to fund a biosimilar adalimumab (Amgevita), improving access to adalimumab for more than 700 New Zealanders. https://pharmac.govt.nz/medicine-funding-and-supply/what-you-need-to-know-about-medicines/biological-an

Pacific women lag behind in access to breast cancer care and treatment

Friday, 12 November, 2021 - 14:00

The cost of breast cancer treatment is increasing as results continue to vary between Pacific and non-Pacific women, two studies have found.

NZ secures another Covid-19 medicine - Andrew Little

Friday, 5 November, 2021 - 11:02

The addition of another drug to the suite of COVID-19 medicines available in New Zealand is good news for patients and for the health system, the Government says.

Pharmac to fund baricitinib to treat moderate to severe cases of Covid-19

Friday, 5 November, 2021 - 11:01

Pharmac has purchased another new medicine, baricitinib, to treat moderate to severe cases of COVID-19, with 500 courses expected in New Zealand within a matter of weeks.

Government makes a mockery of PHARMAC review - Brooke van Velden

Wednesday, 3 November, 2021 - 09:31

"The ACT Party can today reveal the review into PHARMAC has been delayed by more than two months," says ACT Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Brooke van Velden.

Covid-19 drug saves lives and cuts time in hospital - Little

Sunday, 31 October, 2021 - 09:45

New Zealand has secured access to an important new COVID-19 drug that can save lives and cut time in hospital, Health Minister Andrew Little said today.

Pharmac negotiates deal for a further Covid-19 treatment

Sunday, 31 October, 2021 - 09:15

Pharmac has negotiated an agreement with pharmaceutical supplier Roche to purchase another COVID-19 treatment. Branded as Ronapreve, it could be used in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 in New Zealand.

Cystic fibrosis medicine added to Pharmac’s options for investment list

Wednesday, 27 October, 2021 - 07:17

Pharmac has announced that Vertex’s triple combination modulator therapy, known in some countries as Trikafta, has been added to the priority list of medicines it would like to fund.

Minister won't investigate cancelled cancer procedures - Reti

Saturday, 23 October, 2021 - 16:50

Andrew Little’s lack of interest in cancer procedures cancelled over the lockdown is callous and negligent, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

Where is the Pharmac Review Panel's interim report? - CLL Advocates

Tuesday, 12 October, 2021 - 16:28

Patient advocacy groups and clinicians are calling out the Pharmac Review Panel for failing to get their interim report out on time. The report that was due on 20 August is still not available seven weeks later. The "delay" has been attributed to lockdown (which began on August 18).