28 Sep 2022

Health Minister on Pharmac funding new medicines

From Morning Report, 8:11 am on 28 September 2022

Two new medicines are set to be funded by Pharmac, potentially affecting tens of thousands of patients.

A proposal released this morning would fund Spinraza, a treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, that currently costs up to 390-thousand dollars a year.

The second proposal would fund adrenaline auto-injector pens, such as EpiPens, for those with life-threatening allergies.

Health Minister Andrew Little spoke to Guyon Espiner.