PHARMAC won’t release the data that changed its mind on diabetes


13 November 2020 - Diabetes Foundation Aotearoa will request the Ombudsman investigate the refusal by PHARMAC to release public submissions which caused it to reconsider its controversial proposal to fund medicines for only 50,000 of the 250,000 people with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

PHARMAC said in reply to an Official Information Act request that submissions would not be released because it would prevent conduct of negotiations with pharmaceutical companies ‘without prejudice or disadvantage’.

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