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Pharmac announces new treatments

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/06/2017

Medicine for children are high on the list in the latest round of guaranteed funding announced by government drug-funding agency Pharmac.

Five new treatments, and wider use of more than 30 existing treatments, will come into effect from July 1.

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"The funding of melatonin for children and adolescents with insomnia will provide relief for over 1200 families across New Zealand, while roxithromycin dispersible tablets will make it easier for parents and caregivers to give this treatment to children," says Pharmac director of operations Sarah Fitt.

People with heart conditions will also benefit from the funding announcements, with ivabrandine being funded for adults, and sildenafil injection being funded for infants and children in intensive care.

New medicines for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and widened access to treatments for HIV and hepatitis C are also included.

Following the funding of hepatitis C treatment Harvoni in July last year for people with end-stage liver disease, Pharmac has been working on ways to widen access to more people, Ms Fitt said.

"Changes to the access criteria from July 1 will see an additional 45 people get access to this major advancement in the treatment for hepatitis C."

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