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

 


$18m to help relieve neuropathic pain

23 June 2005

$18m to help relieve neuropathic pain

PHARMAC is committing more than $18 million over the next three years to provide gabapentin to people with severe neuropathic pain.

The increased access to gabapentin (Neurontin), which is already subsidised as a treatment for epilepsy, follows an agreement being reached with Pfizer.

A common example of neuropathic pain is “phantom limb syndrome”, when people experience pain from a limb that has been amputated. Neuropathic pain can also be experienced by people who have suffered spinal injuries, or by people with diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or who have undergone cancer chemotherapy.

PHARMAC Medical Director Dr Peter Moodie says gabapentin’s funding for neuropathic pain will be welcomed by clinicians seeking further treatment options.

“There are now more than 25 subsidised pain relief treatments available, from paracetamol and aspirin up to more potent treatments such as morphine and fentanyl,” Dr Moodie says. “However, the addition of gabapentin will offer another useful funded option for doctors and patients.”

Dr Moodie says the decision to widen access to gabapentin follows considerable work by both PHARMAC and Pfizer.

PHARMAC estimates between 3000 and 5000 people will be prescribed subsidised gabapentin.

A new product, fentanyl patches was subsidised in 2004, and PHARMAC has also begun consultation on a proposal to list oxycodone as a further analgesia option.

Access to gabapentin will be widened from 1 July 2005.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news