This came out on Wednesday from Pharmac:
PHARMAC statement on Herceptin 12 month funding
Press Release by PHARMAC at 10:57 am, 10 Dec 2008
PHARMAC has played its part in the decision to fund 12 months Herceptin and will continue to assist the government as required.
PHARMAC’s role has included providing information as necessary, and assisting the Ministry of Health with its contract negotiations with Roche, the supplier of Herceptin.
PHARMAC fully respects the democratic process that has led to the Government’s decision to fund 12 month treatment with Herceptin.
The nine-week treatment course will continue to be fully funded through the Pharmaceutical Schedule.
Yeah right! I believe that the truly democratic process came up with the 9 week fully funded treatment plan. It was election pandering and political interference by this National led government in the processes of a supposedly arms length entity that has resulted in the 12 month treatment course being fully funded.
While I don’t begrudge the 400 or so that will benefit from this funding change, you have got to wonder how many others are going to miss out on different treatments as a result. The independent authority obviously thought that we got better value for our tax dollars elsewhere.To state that this was a democratic process is laughable.
It sets a dangerous precedent for political interference, as I said in my previous post on this topic.
Cartoon added later after comments. By Mike Moreu, from Stuff