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Condom deal shows PHARMAC proactive approach


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Condom deal shows PHARMAC proactive approach

PHARMAC has announced its decision to fund extra strength condoms – a move which shows the Government drug buying agency is proactive in finding new products to meet specific health needs.

PHARMAC will subsidise a brand of extra strength condoms, brandname Sagami, from June 1. These are the first of their type to be subsidised.

Besides helping prevent disease, the negotiations are expected to save the taxpayer an estimated $250,000 a year. As part of the negotiations, PHARMAC has also been able to negotiate a package deal with the new supplier Meridan Developments for the listing of a full range of condoms.

General Manager Wayne McNee says the need for this product to be subsidised had been clearly identified, and in response PHARMAC actively tried to meet that need.

“PHARMAC is willing to proactively go out and see what treatments and products are available to ensure New Zealanders health needs are being met.”

Wayne McNee says the Aids Medical and Technical Advisory Committee had conveyed to the Ministry of Health that extra strength condoms should be subsidised as there was a need for them within the homosexual community.

“It is good news we have been able to negotiate a contract with a drug company over the supply. It is hoped that through this there will be a reduction in the transmission of HIV within this group, which is a very serious health issue. And improved disease prevention in this group is expected to benefit the entire population.”

He says the supplier is new to the New Zealand market, and all brands are tested to ensure they meet the New Zealand standards.

Wayne McNee says another positive spin-off from the decision is that the savings made in this area will be able to be redirected to other health areas.


“We have been able to meet the specific health needs of one group, and at the same time save money which will in turn go to making sure that the health needs of others are being met. This has been a very successful outcome.”

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For more information contact Wayne McNee.
Phone: (025) 429-212.

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