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Tuesday, 25 September 2012
PHARMAC welcomes new Pharmacology and Therapeutics Advisory Committee (PTAC) chair PHARMAC is welcoming the appointment of Dr Sisira Jayathissa to the chairmanship of PTAC, says Medical Director Dr Peter Moodie. 181 views

Tuesday, 10 July 2012
PHARMAC funds new targeted lung cancer drug Funded treatment options for New Zealand’s most common form of cancer will take a step forward in August when PHARMAC begins funding gefitinib (Iressa), a targeted treatment for lung cancer. 437 views

Tuesday, 29 May 2012
PHARMAC moves to protect babies from whooping cough PHARMAC will extend funding to a type of antibiotic that can be used to treat and prevent pertussis (whooping cough) in children under one. 409 views

Thursday, 15 March 2012
3000 submissions received on diabetes test strips and meters consultation PHARMAC’s consultation on the proposal to change to a sole supplier of blood glucose testing strips and meters has ended with over 3000 submissions received. 234 views

Tuesday, 13 March 2012
End to postcode prescribing for insulin pumps on the horizon With less than a week remaining, PHARMAC is keen to hear the public’s views on its proposal to fund insulin pumps. 219 views

Friday, 2 March 2012
Two new targeted cancer drugs funded in agreement PHARMAC is funding two new targeted cancer medicines following an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline. 228 views

Thursday, 15 December 2011
Investment in medicines highest in PHARMAC history A surge in the medicines budget over the past three years, combined with PHARMAC’s savings programmes, has seen PHARMAC investing heavily in new medicines. 209 views

Friday, 2 December 2011
One Heart Many Lives supporting health and competition at IronMāori The IronMāori event in Napier on 3 December is serious competition but brings a serious health message too, says PHARMAC’s Māori health manager Marama Parore. 471 views

Monday, 31 October 2011
Papers reveal PHARMAC's cautious approach with new anticoagulant drug Papers released by PHARMAC today outline the careful consideration given before funding was approved for the new-generation anticoagulant drug dabigatran (Pradaxa). 231 views

Friday, 30 September 2011
PHARMAC Board strengthens relationship with DHBs Getting closer to district health boards, on whose behalf PHARMAC aims to spend $777 million this year, took on a new meaning today. 217 views

Thursday, 28 July 2011
PHARMAC widens access to two cancer drugs Cancer treatment has taken another step forward with PHARMAC recently approving wider funding for two cancer treatments. 198 views

Monday, 27 June 2011
'More permissive' system follows Exceptional Circumstances review PHARMAC is moving to a more permissive and streamlined system for assessing people seeking medicines that aren’t funded on the Pharmaceutical Schedule. 234 views

Thursday, 23 June 2011
Two new treatments for bone-thinning disease PHARMAC is funding two new treatments for the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis. 214 views

Monday, 20 June 2011
Indigenous Cardiovasular Health conference A New Zealand preventative health campaign which has significantly improved take-up of cholesterol lowering medication among Maori and Pacific Island males sets the bar for Australia to develop its own initiatives to achieve similar outcomes for Indigenous Australians. 529 views

Thursday, 16 June 2011
PHARMAC welcomes PTAC reappointment PHARMAC is welcoming the reappointment of Waikato Hospital physician Dr Graham Mills to the Pharmacology and Therapeutics Advisory Committee (PTAC). 191 views

Tuesday, 14 June 2011
'Game-changing' anti-clotting treatment funded PHARMAC is funding an innovative form of anti-blood clotting treatment that will significantly change the way anticoagulation is managed in New Zealand. 260 views

Monday, 2 May 2011
US trade deal could scuttle Pharmac Kiwis could be paying more for pharmaceuticals if the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade negotiations are successful, the Green Party said today. 164 views

Sunday, 1 May 2011
PHARMAC to fund new multiple myeloma treatments PHARMAC is enabling New Zealanders with multiple myeloma (MM) to benefit from early use of a new treatment, bortezomib (Velcade) as well as providing wider access to thalidomide, another treatment used for MM. 191 views

Friday, 29 April 2011
New funded treatment for epilepsy People with epilepsy will have a new funded treatment from 1 May, when PHARMAC begins funding for lacosamide (Vimpat). 200 views

Tuesday, 26 April 2011
PHARMAC to fund sleep disorder treatment PHARMAC will fund a new treatment for the sleep disorder narcolepsy from 1 May 2011. 242 views

Monday, 28 February 2011
PHARMAC reduces paperwork, expands access to Special Foods Changes in access rules for funded special foods will see more prescribers able to supply funded special foods to patients. 206 views

Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Three new members appointed to PHARMAC advisory committee PHARMAC is welcoming the appointment of three new members to the Pharmacology and Therapeutics Advisory Committee (PTAC). 356 views

Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Adaptable approach key to success in hospitals, says PHARMAC CE Learning from past experience will serve PHARMAC well as it takes a greater role in purchasing hospital medicines, says Chief Executive Matthew Brougham. 225 views

Monday, 29 November 2010
Wider access to MS treatments; new drugs in Bayer agreement Government drug funder PHARMAC will provide wider access to treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS), and fund new blood-thinning and antibiotic treatments following an agreement with Bayer New Zealand Limited. 223 views

Thursday, 25 November 2010
Two further treatments for depression to be funded PHARMAC is adding two further treatments for depression to the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 December 2010. 252 views

Monday, 22 November 2010
Brain tumour patients to gain greater access to expensive drug People with brain tumours are to have greater access to an expensive cancer drug from 1 December. 235 views

Thursday, 28 October 2010
Agreement seals new kidney cancer, smoking cessation, arthritis treatments Patients with a form of kidney cancer will have a new treatment option as part of a multi-product agreement between PHARMAC and Pfizer. 318 views

Friday, 22 October 2010
New money leads to leap in availability of medicines to NZers A $40 million lift in pharmaceutical spending has led to a significant rise in the number of medicines available to New Zealanders, and the number of people receiving them. 264 views

Thursday, 21 October 2010
PHARMAC launches new tool to help track medicine funding applications PHARMAC has launched a new online tool that will give people a look inside PHARMAC’s evaluation of medicine funding applications. 211 views

Monday, 18 October 2010
Multi-resistant HIV strains prompt new funding Two newly funded medicines will help the fight against drug-resistant strains of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in a multi-product deal that will also help fight infections in hospitals. 267 views

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