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Pharmac To Fund Medicines To Treat Cancer

Friday, 5 July 2024, 12:14 pm | Patient Voice Aotearoa

Pharmac has opened consultation to fund Keytruda for five cancer indications (Triple Negative Breast, Head and Neck, Colorectal, Bladder and Hodgkin-Lymphoma) as well as Opdivo for Kidney cancer. Pharmac is looking to fund Keytruda from October and ... More >>

Cancer Drug Announcement

Friday, 21 June 2024, 9:25 am | Patient Voice Aotearoa

News today that the Government is expected to announce that Pharmac will receive at least $600 million as part of its pledge to fund 13 new cancer medicines is excellent news, not only for terminally ill cancer patients, but for many of the 330,000 New ... More >>

Open Letter To The Government From Cancer Charities

Tuesday, 4 June 2024, 5:16 am | Patient Voice Aotearoa

We implore you to make good on your commitment to fund these 13 medicines with the utmost urgency. We welcome the opportunity to work with you to address New Zealand’s medicines crisis that sees hundreds of thousands of kiwis miss out on medicines that ... More >>

Patient Voice Aotearoa Calls For National Health Summit

Tuesday, 4 April 2023, 11:02 am | Patient Voice Aotearoa

Patient Voice Aotearoa is calling for a National Health Summit, and urgent bipartisan political action, to address severe doctor shortages – and the cancellation of swathes of cancer services across the southern district – as reported by RNZ yesterday. ... More >>

PVA To Appear At The Health Select Committee Today To Express ‘Grave Concern’ About Therapeutic Products Bill

Tuesday, 21 March 2023, 10:21 am | Patient Voice Aotearoa

Patient Voice Aotearoa’s Dr Malcolm Mulholland will today at 3.30 appear before the Health Select Committee to voice opposition to parts of the Therapeutic Products Bill on behalf of Kiwi patients. “The Bill threatens to obstruct access to unfunded ... More >>

“Killing Time” One Year On, Still No Final Response From Pharmac To The Independent Review

Tuesday, 28 February 2023, 10:46 am | Patient Voice Aotearoa

Today marks one year since the Pharmac Review was delivered to then Health Minister Andrew Little. Its recommendations were so damning that Minister Little declared, “The days of the independent republic of Pharmac are over.” Pharmac still hasn’t ... More >>

A Mother’s Day Message From Patient Voice Aotearoa

Friday, 6 May 2022, 1:32 pm | Patient Voice Aotearoa

Parents Voice Aotearoa wants to acknowledge those whānau who have lost their mums and who will be experiencing Mother’s Day without their loved ones. More >>

Trikafta Parliamentary Petition Delivered Today

Monday, 28 March 2022, 9:32 am | Patient Voice Aotearoa

Today, the New Zealand Cystic Fibrosis community are calling upon the Government and Pharmac to fund a wonder drug, Trikafta. We, Patient Voice Aotearoa, stand in solidarity with them. For many people with cystic fibrosis, the drug will make their ... More >>

Thirty-six Medicines Added To Pharmac’s Waiting List As New Zealand’s Medicines Crisis Worsens

Thursday, 10 March 2022, 10:06 am | Patient Voice Aotearoa

Pharmac has just released its Options for Investment (OFI) list, which includes 36 new medicines since it was updated in July 2021. The OFI includes all medicines that Pharmac would fund if its budget allowed. “We have known for years that there ... More >>

‘Interim’ Report But Permanent Change Needed

Tuesday, 7 December 2021, 12:13 pm | Patient Voice Aotearoa

Last week the interim report into Pharmac was released by the Pharmac Review Panel. Patient Voice Aotearoa welcomed this interim report. During the leaders’ debate, prior to the last election, Prime Minister Ardern promised an investigation into ... More >>

DEAD LAST: Patient Voice Aotearoa Calls For Urgent Government Funding To Clear Pharmac’s Waiting List

Thursday, 18 November 2021, 6:43 am | Patient Voice Aotearoa

The IQVIA ‘International Comparison of Modern Medicines’ Report, released today, which compares the public funding of modern medicines in 20 OECD countries, makes grim reading for New Zealanders who desperately need access to modern medicines. ... More >>

Patient Voice Aotearoa Colmar Brunton Survey Results

Sunday, 10 October 2021, 8:31 pm | Patient Voice Aotearoa

Over 3 in 10 New Zealanders know someone who has had to pay for an unfunded medicine Nearly 1 in 2 New Zealanders believe access to modern medicines is worse compared to other developed countries Majority of New Zealanders believe it is “extremely ... More >>

Lie Down For Life: Today

Wednesday, 12 May 2021, 3:46 pm | Patient Voice Aotearoa

One in 50 New Zealanders have today demanded a significant budget increase and independent review of Pharmac. Their voices were heard loud and clear at a series of protests held across the country, culminating in the 100,000 person-strong petition being ... More >>

Statement And FAQs Re: Pharmac Review

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 9:18 am | Patient Voice Aotearoa

Patient Voice Aotearoa (PVA) welcomed the Government’s indication that it will announce a review of its drug purchasing agency Pharmac. Since its inception, PVA has asked for more scrutiny of a system which sees thousands of kiwis stranded without ... More >>

A Red Flag For A Green Party

Sunday, 26 July 2020, 6:10 am | Patient Voice Aotearoa

The Green’s released their policy document yesterday for the coming election titled “Think Ahead.” Within their Health policy it states the Party will “Uphold the independence and strength of PHARMAC.” Within their Human Rights policy it ... More >>

Let Them Live

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 4:03 pm | Patient Voice Aotearoa

These kids belong to a group of 35 New Zealand children who suffer from the motor neuron disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Spinraza would change these kids’ lives and is funded in over 50 countries but not in New Zealand. The annual estimated ... More >>

Petitions Presented: A United Stand for Medicines

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 2:06 pm | Patient Voice Aotearoa

Today at Parliament at 12.30 pm, eight petitions are being presented for medicines to be funded for a number of diseases to Members of Parliament from ACT, National, Labour and NZ First. Representatives of the political parties will speak, as well ... More >>

Potential Lamotrigine Drug Switch Deaths

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 4:39 pm | Patient Voice Aotearoa

Patient Voice Aotearoa are deeply saddened by the loss of four lives that are potentially related to Pharmac switching 10,000 epilepsy patients from the drugs Lamictal and Arrow-Venlafaxine to Logem for a savings of $30 million dollars. Also of concern ... More >>

Patients with rare disorders encouraged to leave NZ to live

Tuesday, 29 October 2019, 10:29 am | Patient Voice Aotearoa

These images were taken last week at Rotorua Hospital of three-year old Tama. Tama has a degenerative disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). There is a treatment called Spinraza that is revolutionary and is designed to stop the disease in its ... More >>

Deputy Prime Minister Admits Pharmac Needs More Money

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 1:53 pm | Patient Voice Aotearoa

Patient Voice Aotearoa welcomes the comments made by the Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters on ‘The Project’ on Friday last week. Peters stated “Right now…we know we are not spending nearly enough on pharmaceuticals and first world drugs…the ... More >>





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