20k NZers sign petitions for better funding of medicines

Originally published on Te ao

Almost 20,000 New Zealanders have signed eight petitions to be presented to parliament, demanding better funding of medicines.

The petitions will be formally presented to MPs on May 7, asking for 26 drugs to be funded for six diseases.

The diseases include breast cancer, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, lung cancer, non-small-cell lung cancer, myeloma, multiple myeloma, ovarian cancer and Pompe disease.

Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition chair Libby Burgess says the petitions are sending a strong message to the government and PHARMAC that there needs to be a significant change.

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