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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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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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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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Originally published on Te ao The Medavivors breast cancer survivors group today took another step towards gaining government funding for cancer treatments for suffering New Zealanders.  Breast cancer sufferer Wiki Maholland is as determined than ever to live her life on her own terms. The fight against cancer rages on for these survivors, who say they will...
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This story was originally published on RNZ A woman whose husband died of lung cancer last year is delivering a petition to parliament calling on the government to fund more lung cancer medications. Lung cancer is diagnosed in about 2200 New Zealanders a year and more than 1600 people die from it each year. Patricia...
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Originally published on Stuff For the past year Wiki Mulholland has been fighting to extend her life – and the lives of others with advanced breast cancer – petitioning for two life-prolonging drugs to be made cheaper. It’s been an uphill fight so far with neither Ibrance and Kadcyla funded by the government’s drug-buying agency, Pharmac. Her sister Racheal Tiuka said it was “inhumane” that a...
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Originally published on Newshub More people die in New Zealand of lung cancer than any other cancer. Ironically, it’s also the cancer with the most new, effective drugs available – the problem is they’re not funded here. More than 100 people have marched on Parliament, demanding life-extending drugs be funded for cancer patients. A three-minute...
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Originally published on te karere Hundreds of people marched to parliament today petitioning the government to fund life-extending drugs for cancer sufferers. According to political reporter Eruera Rerekura, protesters want to apply more pressure on the government after the health select committee decided not to carry out an independent review of Pharmac – the government’s...
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Originally published on RNZ People desperately seeking cancer treatment which could extend their lives by years, took their battle to increase Pharmac spending to Parliament today. Listen here
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