Pharmac’s patient safety protocols for generic switching prompt parliamentary petition

+News

Pharmac’s patient safety protocols for generic switching prompt parliamentary petition

pills
A petition signed by 1507 people is calling for a public inquiry into Pharmac’s generic medication patient safety protocols
Even if it’s only a placebo effect driving user’s adverse reactions with the change from branded drugs to generics, Pharmac needs to inform users of t, Sarah Macrae, Sarah Macrae says her unsettling experience going from antidepressant venlafaxine brand Effexor to generic Enlafax XR exemplifies the concerns petitio

Comments

PHARMAC are getting a lot of ill-informed criticism from a lot of different directions. The fact is that they are a legal entity set up by the Government to ensure we get the best outcome for all New Zealanders for every dollar spent on medicines and devices.

Considering we are a country of approximately 4.7million people (not sure exactly as the Census was a shambles) we do very well. 

We are but a blimp on the world medicine spend and have some of the best pricing available. That is not easily achieved.

Patients also need to take some responsibility for their own health and may be if you are stable on a specific brand, ask how much it would cost to stay on it? Others have and yes it costs a little more but what price do you put on your health, in particular your mental health.

No public enquiry needed, just a little more understanding. Do you want to pay more taxes to get all those more expensive drugs? (I doubt it) so let them get on with the job they do so well for ALL NEW ZEALANDERS