21 Jun 2019

Facebook patient advocacy group fighting Pharmac funding

From First Up, 5:40 am on 21 June 2019

Returning to our series where over the past week we've spoken to more than a dozen patients suffering from diseases and illnesses where the drugs are not funded by Pharmac. Pharmac has repeatedly declined First Up's requests for an interview. The Health Minister David Clark has also declined to be interviewed. Malcolm Mulholland has set up the Facebook group Patient Voice Aotearoa, a national collective of disease and illness advocacy organisations. His wife Wiki was diagnosed last year with stage 4 breast cancer. Since then, the couple has campaigned for Pharmac to fund two cancer drugs and has raised more than sixty thousand dollars on Givealittle to fund Ibrance at a cost of more than $6800 a month.