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MEDIA RELEASE 7 September 2022 New Zealanders living with multiple myeloma, a deadly, relapsing/remitting blood cancer, are mounting a major, evidence-based campaign to press Pharmac into funding a transformative treatment that has been standard-of-care throughout the OECD for more than 5 years.    Myeloma patient and trustee of Myeloma NZ Nichola Oakenfull says patients who’ve...
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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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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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This link here: Te Aho o Te Kahu – Cancer during COVID-19 contains information for patients and whānau with cancer. Cancer treatment continues at all phases of the Ministry of Health’s Omicron Response Plan.
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In a radio interview today, Health Minister Andrew Little said the final Pharmac Review report will be publicised “in a matter of a few weeks.”The Pharmac Review panel was expected to hand over the final report to Minister Little by 28 February 2022 – he received it last week.Click below to listen to the interview on...
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Last Thursday 24 February the ICBCC Policy Strategy Working Group met to discuss on the Policy Strategy to address the specific impact of the pandemic on immunocompromised blood cancer patients (both acute and chronic) in a workshop-style setting. The meeting was facilitated by our partner Patvocates. During the 2 hour workshop the group managed to define...
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The primary analysis of the ICARIA-MM study showed significant improvement in progression-free survival with addition of isatuximab to pomalidomide–dexamethasone in relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma. Here, we report a prespecified updated overall survival analysis at 24 months after the primary analysis. Methods In this randomised, multicentre, open-label, phase 3 study adult patients (aged ≥18 years) with relapsed...
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