10 May 2010

Minister receives high cost medicines review

5:59 am on 10 May 2010

A report into improving access to high cost medicines has recommended they should be funded by reducing wastage in the health system.

Health Minister Tony Ryall set up a review panel a year ago to investigate how to make such medicines more accessible and affordable.

The review panel says funding could come from increased patient co-payments on prescriptions or reduced wastage in the medicines and health system overall, with the latter a preference.

Mr Ryall says he's also receiving advice on a possible expansion of the role of the Government drug-buying agency, Pharmac.

He says he will consider both reports and make announcements before the end of the year.