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Myeloma experts convened in person and online for the 2022 Multiple Myeloma Queenstown Summit, hosted by Myeloma New Zealand. This year’s meeting included presentations from local and international experts, including the Chief Medical Officer of the International Myeloma Foundation, Professor Joseph Mikhael, Assistant Professor Jonathan Keats from Arizona, and Professor Simon Harrison and Dr Simon...
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Myeloma New Zealand has started a campaign to press Pharmac into funding a treatment that has been standard-of-care throughout the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for more than five years. Myeloma NZ trustee Nichola Oakenfull has been interviewed for the article, well done Nichola! Here is the RNZ article: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/474629/blood-cancer-patient-charity-campaigns-for-pharmac-to-fund-medicine
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OPINION: How long does it take you to make a decision about whether or not to buy something? You’ve got all the information in front of you. You know it’s a good product. It works. You need it. And you’ve got the money to buy it. So how long will it take? What if I said...
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In August 2022, Myeloma New Zealand is hosting its 4th Myeloma Summit for medical professionals in Queenstown. Held in 2016,2018, 2020 and now again in 2022, the Summit brings together medical professionals involved with Myeloma in NZ to share and to learn from one another and from the international speakers who join the meeting.  This year...
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MEDIA RELEASE DOCTOR CALLS ON MINISTER LITTLE TO RELEASE ‘BURIED’ INDEPENDENT REPORT ON PHARMAC The final report of the Independent Pharmac Review Panel has been sitting with Health Minister Andrew Little since February, with no reason offered for why it has not been released, says Myeloma NZ Chief Executive Dr Ken Romeril. “Given the damning...
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Congratulations on your very well-deserved appointment to The New Zealand Order of Merit for your services to Haematology! Dr Ken Romeril is a consultant physician/haematologist. Dr Ken Romeril (Ken) founded the charitable trust Myeloma New Zealand, of which he has been CEO since 2016, continuing in this role following retirement from clinical practice. He is the...
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As we continue to understand more about the biology of multiple myeloma (MM) and the number of treatment options for patients with MM continues to expand, keeping track of the current standard of care practices and emerging new treatment strategies has become even more challenging. In this commentary, we will summarize our thoughts on how...
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The Cancer Control Agency’s analysis of the gap between Australia and New Zealand in funding 18 selected medicines with substantial clinical benefit is a welcome way of drawing attention to the plight of NZ cancer patients desperate for treatments that are funded across the Tasman, but not here, says Myeloma NZ Chief Executive Dr Ken...
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