“Depriving children of cancer drugs shows exactly why we need a funding review into PHARMAC,” says ACT’s Health
spokesperson Brooke van Velden.
“PHARMAC is considering removing blanket funding for any drug doctors think a child with cancer needs for life-saving
treatment, including new drugs found overseas.
“All because an advocate tried to fight for children with SMA to also have lifesaving drugs funded.
“Whether it is children with cancer, SMA, or any other condition or disease, we're talking about the lives of real
“PHARMAC recently stated it needs over $400 million in extra funding to cover all the medicines it wishes to cover.
“Funding was explicitly removed from the review into PHARMAC, and was not mentioned in the health reforms at all.
“Funding new drugs costs more money, but as medicines technology improves we need to be asking whether PHARMAC’s funding
model is fit for purpose.
“ACT would implement a full review of PHARMAC that includes funding. The Government needs to do the right thing and
implement the full review.”