Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Pharmac must look seriously at decision-making

Jackie Blue MP National Party Associate Health Spokeswoman

20 December 2005

Pharmac must look seriously at decision-making

National's Associate Health spokeswoman, Jackie Blue, is pleased that negotiations between Pharmac and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca have resulted in Zoladex staying on the market.

"Pharmac's decision to play off two drug companies backfired," says Dr Blue.

"There was huge public outcry from patients, doctors, as well as prostate and breast cancer groups. Quite understandably, patients particularly were confused and upset.

"This whole sorry mess could have been avoided.

"It is clear to me that Pharmac has become too driven by dollar-and-cent savings - the human factor and the downstream effects of business decisions need to be considered.

"This might have been achieved if Pharmac's consumer committee had been involved, or if their generalist medical advisory committee, which supported the deal, had consumer representation.

"Another option was that the proposed deal could have been considered by their cancer specialist committee, which is made up of cancer specialists who work at the coalface and understand the impact of clinical decisions and any supporting international data.

"Of course, none of this happened and it is timely that Pharmac now looks at how it makes its business decisions, how it uses its committees, and how its committees are comprised," says Dr Blue.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>

 

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>

ALSO:

Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>

ALSO:

State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages