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PHARMAC considering a new way of contracting for medicines

Consultation has gone out today to health professionals and is available on PHARMAC’s website for anyone wanting to have their say about its annual tender process and a proposal to modify its contracting arrangements. Every...

Bowel Screening Programme resumes

The National Bowel Screening Programme is back in action after coming to a halt during the COVID-19 lockdown period. Dr Nick Tindle, Clinical Lead for the MidCentral DHB National Bowel Screening Programme, said having bowel...

Paracetamol 500mg tablets in short supply at pharmacies

Paracetamol 500mg tablets for dispensing in pharmacies are in short supply due to global supply issues caused by COVID-19, and work is underway to secure more stock. “COVID-19 is impacting manufacturing and transportation around the...

Rotorua firm futureproofs New Zealand’s hand sanitiser supply chain

Rotorua’s Damar Industries has launched SaniHero, a brand of hand sanitisers and related sanitising products. The New Zealand-owned business announced today it has the capacity to produce one million litres of hand sanitiser a month...

PHARMAC to remove medicine dispensing restrictions

Most funded medicines will return to all-at-once dispensing from midnight Friday 31 July 2020 because PHARMAC is removing most of the temporary dispensing restrictions put in place to manage supply during COVID-19.  “This means that...

New cancer treatment machine for Palmerston North Hospital

A new linear accelerator has replaced an older machine and significantly improved the capacity for treating cancer patients at Palmerston North Hospital’s Regional Cancer Treatment Service. The new cancer treatment machine was officially opened on...

NZDA congratulates Kiwi winner of International College of Dentists grant

New Zealand dentist Dr Haneen Alayan has been awarded the 2020 International College of Dentists (ICD) Young Dentists Volunteer grant. Haneen works as a dentist in Gore and teaches dental students at the University of...

Food taxes and subsidies would bring major health gains, study shows

A consumer tax on the saturated fat, salt and sugar content of food, accompanied by a 20 per cent subsidy on fruit and vegetables, would bring major benefits for the health sector, researchers from...

New Zealand Red Cross scaling up to assist foreign nationals affected by COVID-19

New Zealand Red Cross is scaling up at speed to address the urgent needs of people on temporary visas in Aotearoa New Zealand who are experiencing serious hardship due to COVID-19. From 1 July, people...

Cervical cancer prevention, malaria vaccines receive $2.5m funding

Cervical cancer A Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington research team led by Professor Bev Lawton (Ngāti Porou) from the Wellington Faculty of Health, partnering with iwi Ngāti Pāhauwera, has received nearly $1.3 million in...
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Opinion: Hope is the key

In an example of conventional medicine at its worst, a patient of mine recently had her beautiful hope dashed. This inspiring young mum of two...

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