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Global eradication of COVID-19 should not be dismissed – new analysis

Eradicating COVID-19 across the globe is theoretically more feasible than for polio but much less so than it was for smallpox, according to an analysis by New Zealand researchers. The researchers, writing in the international...

Banning 70% of vape products will only help Govt coffers

Today – 11 August – marks the first day that New Zealand general retailers cannot sell a wide range of vape flavours. One industry leader says the move will sadly result in more cigarette...

Helius gains NZ’s first licence to manufacture cannabis medicines

New Zealand’s largest licenced medicinal cannabis company, Helius Therapeutics, has been issued with the industry’s first GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) Licence to Manufacture Medicines by MedSafe. It allows the company to begin manufacturing locally made medicines for New Zealand...

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...

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...

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...

Community figure calls for people to take their bowel health seriously

When the bowel screening programme rolled out in the MidCentral DHB (MDHB) region, Stephen Paewai paid attention. Having his father pass away from bowel cancer meant he was well aware of the ferociousness of the...

Spike in respiratory viruses prompts public health reminder

MidCentral DHB is reminding parents and whānau to exercise public health measures following a recent spike in the spread of respiratory illnesses in the MidCentral region. As is the case throughout New Zealand, MidCentral DHB...

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Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Health pregnancy optimisation tips (for you,...

Whilst pregnancy is an exciting time for most, it does take some planning to keep both you and baby well. Ideally you would see...

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