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NZ's tocilizumab supply to be paused - Pharmac

Monday, 6 September, 2021 - 13:03

Pharmac has today announced that Roche, the global pharmaceutical company which provides tocilizumab, will not provide New Zealand with product for the next three months, due to massive demand worldwide.

Cataract surgery 'top target for reducing emissions in healthcare' - research

Friday, 3 September, 2021 - 00:01

When it comes to reducing the country’s carbon emissions, most of us will be looking to the energy and transport sectors, or to agriculture.

Pharmac seeks feedback on a biosimilar brand of adalimumab being considered for funding

Thursday, 26 August, 2021 - 15:45

Pharmac is considering awarding principal supply to a biosimilar brand of adalimumab (Amgevita) from 1 February 2022. Consultation on the proposal opens today.

Pharmac to fund new cardiovascular medicine with amended Special Authority criteria

Tuesday, 17 August, 2021 - 13:39

Pharmac has approved funding for a new medicine with substantial health benefits for around 75,000 New Zealanders at high-risk of cardiovascular disease.

Information Act shows racism in PHARMAC's decision making process - Ngarewa-Packer

Tuesday, 17 August, 2021 - 12:46

Paati Māori Co-leader, Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, has received information that blatantly outlines the inequity within Pharmac and its decision making. She is calling for Pharmac to urgently address their inclusivity of Māori into their funding decisions.

PHARMAC must explain funding decisions - Brooke van Velden

Monday, 16 August, 2021 - 09:52

"A report this morning that all PHARMAC staff, rather than clinical experts or those with patient experience are making decisions about life savings medicines is astounding," says ACT’s Health spokesperson Brooke van Velden.

National making life a little easier for Kiwis with cancer - Shane Reti

Thursday, 5 August, 2021 - 12:51

A change in the law which would see the law changed so that Kiwis can have their unfunded chemotherapy drugs administered in DHBs with the cost covered is a sensible move and should be supported by all of Parliament, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

PHARMAC's priority list lacks transparency - ACT

Wednesday, 28 July, 2021 - 14:12

"The ACT Party welcomes PHARMAC recognising New Zealanders are asking for more transparency on which medicines it fund but today's announcement falls short of providing the information needed," says ACT’s Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Brooke van Velden.

Pharmac commits to being more transparent

Wednesday, 28 July, 2021 - 11:01

For the first time, Pharmac is sharing its priority lists for all funding applications for medicines it has assessed but not yet funded.

Plan to eliminate hepatitis C as a major health threat by 2030 - Ayesha Verrall

Wednesday, 28 July, 2021 - 11:00

A plan to eliminate hepatitis C in New Zealand, reducing liver cancer and the need for liver transplants, has been released today by Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall.