INDEPENDENT NEWS

PHARMAC signs bundle deal for more cancer medicines

Published: Mon 7 Oct 2019 01:41 PM
7 October 2019
Media release
PHARMAC signs bundle deal for more cancer medicines
420 New Zealanders with lung cancer, breast cancer, multiple sclerosis and respiratory disease will benefit each year from a bundle deal PHARMAC has finalised with a medicine supplier.
The agreement with Roche Products (New Zealand) includes funding three new treatments, as well as widened access to one currently funded treatment.
“These medicines are going to make a real difference to the lives of people who, in some cases, are living with very severe conditions and symptoms,” says Dr Ken Clarke, PHARMAC’s acting medical director.
The new treatments are:
• alectinib (Alecensa) for ALK positive advanced non-small cell lung cancer
• trastuzumab emtansine (Kadcyla) for HER-2 positive metastatic breast cancer
• ocrelizumab (Ocrevus) for relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis
Access will also be widened to pirfenidone (Esbriet), which is used to treat a certain type of respiratory disease. We are also changing the tablet strength, so people don’t have to take so many tablets each day.
“This is the PHARMAC model in action,” says Dr Clarke. “We are here to get the best deals and make more medicines available for more New Zealanders.
PHARMAC has a fixed budget to spend in the most cost-effective way possible. It does this by negotiating with medicine companies to keep prices down. Every dollar in the budget is used to buy medicines for New Zealanders.
Bundle deals are made when PHARMAC negotiates with one medicine supplier for multiple medicines at a competitive rate. This gives PHARMAC the flexibility to fund more new treatments and make treatments that are already funded available to more people. PHARMAC consulted publicly on a proposal to go ahead with the Roche bundle during August this year.
“We’re grateful for the time people took to tell us what they thought about these new medicines. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive.”
The new medicines will be available from 1 December 2019. More information about the medicines can be found on the PHARMAC website at https://www.pharmac.govt.nz/news/notifications.
Ends

Next in Lifestyle

Three Stocking Stuffers from Te Papa Press
By: Howard Davis
Prime Minster Delivers Erebus Apology
By: New Zealand Government
Margaret Atwood announces three NZ tour dates
By: Fane
Mercury transit: Stargazers mark historic moment
By: RNZ
Hoiho crowned Bird of the Year for 2019
By: Forest and Bird
Private ceremony marks Erebus 40 years on
By: RNZ
Seymour commends PM on Erebus apology
By: ACT New Zealand
Speech by NZ Airline Association President on Mt Erebus
By: New Zealand Airline Pilots' Association
EREBUS Civic Service for 40th anniverary
By: Erebus National Memorial
Mt Erebus disaster: The Police story - Police Museum
By: New Zealand Police
Hoiho get extra support
By: New Zealand Government
Without Paris Accord, emperor penguins are in dire straits
By: University of Canterbury
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media