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Pharmac commits to being more transparent

For the first time, Pharmac is sharing its priority lists for all funding applications for medicines it has assessed but not yet funded. Pharmac’s Chief Executive Sarah Fitt explains, “Until now, we have not shared...

Immunologists receive over $2m for multiple sclerosis and flu vaccine projects

Two Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington immunologists are among the successful recipients of funding from the Health Research Council (HRC) of New Zealand announced yesterday. Professor Anne La Flamme and Dr Lisa Connor from Te Kura Mātauranaga Koiora—School...

Dental Association concern over Pasifika dental health

The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) continues to be concerned about the dental health of Pasifika people in New Zealand. The recently released report Bula Sautu: A window on quality 2021: Pacific health in the year of...

WHO’s attempts to link vaping to COVID discredited

The World Health Organization’s attempts to link vaping with COVID-19 have been completely discredited by a significant study out of the United States, says Asia Pacific’s leading Tobacco Harm Reduction consumer advocacy group. Research by...

Journey from smoking to vaping variable – Otago academics

Persistence may be the key when quitting smoking using an electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS), commonly known as vaping, a University of Otago study found. Researchers found people attempting to switch from cigarettes to ENDS...

Pharmac ensuring supply of prednisolone to treat children with RSV

Pharmac is working hard to ensure ongoing supply of a critical medicine used to treat RSV, following the outbreak of the respiratory virus in our communities. “Prednisolone is a steroid medication used to treat multiple...

World-first finding offers hope for psychosis sufferers

University of Otago scientists have opened the door to improved treatment of brain dysfunction which causes psychosis. Dr Ryan Ward (left), of the Department of Psychology, says he and a team of researchers have been...

Norovirus outbreak in Palmerston North Hospital ward

Movement in and out of Palmerston North Hospital’s Ward 24 has been restricted following an outbreak of norovirus (gastroenteritis). As of Tuesday, 13 July, admissions to the ward are closed, and all transfers to other...

Concerns about youth vaping already well addressed

"Media stories about youth vaping are deeply concerning but significant changes have been made in the past year with more coming,” says Nancy Loucas, co-director of the Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA). Her comments follow...

Application for cystic fibrosis medicine received by Pharmac 

Pharmac is starting its funding assessment process for a new cystic fibrosis medication after receiving an application from pharmaceutical company Vertex. Vertex has applied for its triple combination modulator therapy medicine to be funded for...

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