17 Apr 2019

New treatments funded for people with haemophilia

From Nine To Noon, 9:45 am on 17 April 2019

People with haemophilia will soon have access to new therapies funded by Pharmac which will drastically change the way the bleeding disorders are treated. The long-acting treatments being funded from next month mean that people with haemophilia can infuse twice a week instead of three times. For more complex cases ,where that therapy doesn't work, another new treatment called Hemlibra has been approved by Medsafe. But the Haemophilia Foundation says all eyes are on the promise of gene therapy - how good it might be, who it might benefit and how much it might cost. Tomorrow is World Haemophilia Day and Kathryn speaks with President of the New Zealand Haemophilia Foundation Deon York.