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Funding for medicines welcomed


23 October 2008

RMI Media Release

“Funding for medicines welcomed”

“The Researched Medicines Industry welcomes John Key’s announcement that a National-led Government would provide New Zealanders with better access to medicines” says RMI Chairman, Dr Pippa MacKay.

“The recognition that many New Zealanders have needlessly suffered through having limited access to modern medicines and this commitment to boost funding is a major advancement that could bring significant improvements to the lives of thousands of New Zealanders.

“An initial increase of $40million in year one over existing funding levels rising to $80million in year three will go a long way towards ensuring that finally New Zealanders can have access to those medicines that have received a positive recommendation for funding based on a clinical assessment of the benefits that they can deliver” said Pippa MacKay.

“Doctors, patient groups, and the pharmaceutical industry will be delighted with the opportunities that this announcement and commitment represents” concluded Pippa MacKay.

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