News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

PHARMAC predicts continuing HRT prescribing drop

Media release

PHARMAC predicts continuing drop in HRT prescribing

Even fewer New Zealand women are likely to opt for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) despite the already large drop-off in use, predicts drug funding agency PHARMAC.

Figures published in PHARMAC’s Annual Review, released today, show a 38 percent drop in the number of women prescribed HRT during the 2003 financial year. This represents about 30,000 less women taking HRT than in the June 2002 year. Expenditure on subsidised HRT correspondingly fell by about $2.8 million.

PHARMAC Medical Director Dr Peter Moodie says the New Zealand experience reflects international trends in HRT prescribing, and follows the publication of a number of studies in 2002-2003. These included the Women’s Health Initiative study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in July 2002. Continued publication of studies such as the Million Women Study, in The Lancet in July 2003, continue the pressure on HRT prescribing.

“It’s clear that New Zealand women and their doctors have taken note of the international literature emerging on the risks of HRT,” says Dr Moodie.

“PHARMAC has noted the publication of these studies and has been closely looking at the issue of access to HRT. This has included a review by the Hormone and Contraceptives sub-committee, and the Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC).

“We are pleased that the messages from these studies have been taken on board and that women are making decisions about their healthcare in an informed manner. There are risks associated with many prescription medicines, however it appears that in the case of HRT, many women have arrived at the conclusion that the risks of continuing treatment outweigh the benefits.

“Our analysis suggests that prescriptions for HRT will continue to decline over the next few years, although the rate of decline will slow. Further accelerated drop-offs may depend on the publication of future data on the effects of HRT.”

PHARMAC is continuing to closely monitor HRT prescribing patterns with monthly reports provided to the PHARMAC Board.

[ends]

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Reuben Moss' Property is Theft! & Kaitani at The Physics Room

Property is Theft! continues Moss’ interest in the contemporary urban environment as a space controlled by pulsing and unequal flows of capital and labour. Kaitani features work by the University of Canterbury Fijian Students Association and Kulimoe’anga Stone Maka. More>>


Handcrafted Form: Rare Treasures From Japan

This unique exhibition at Expressions Whirinaki represents 90 everyday objects made by contemporary Japanese artisans who employ various traditional craft techniques made in regional workshops. The works used in daily life are crafted from raw materials with techniques appropriate to bringing out the best of its medium, balancing ease of use with aesthetic appeal. More>>

Howard Davis Article: A Musical Axis - Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius

Brahms' warm and exquisitely subtle Symphony No. 3 in F major, Wagner's irrepressibly sentimental symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll, and Sibelius' chilling and immensely challenging Violin Concerto in D minor exemplify distinct stages of development in a tangled and convoluted series of skirmishes that came to define subsequent disputes about the nature of post-Romantic orchestral writing well into the following century. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: A Pale Ghost Writer

Reviewed by Ruth Brassington, Richard Flanagan's new novel is about a novelist hastily ghost-writing the biography of a crook about to go to trial. The reader is kept on a cliff-edge, as the narrator tries to get blood out of his stone man. More>>

New Zealand Wars Commemoration: Witi Ihimaera's Sleeps Standing Moetū

The second of several articles to mark Rā Maumahara, remembering the New Zealand Land Wars. The first was a Q&A with Vincent O’Malley, author of The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800–2000. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland