October, 2017

Green Cross Health, pharmacy brands Unichem and Life Pharmacy to observe lung health Month

We acknowledge the increasingly important role community pharmacists have in raising awareness and identifying those who may be at risk of lung disease. For many, the community pharmacist is recognised as the go to health professional, because individuals can speak with a pharmacist free of charge, without an appointment and in confidence. Lung Foundation New […]

New Zealand Cancer Research & Medicines Study by Prof. Frank Lichtenberg

Research by prominent American economist, Professor Frank Lichtenberg, looked at the impact of pharmaceutical innovation on the longevity and hospitalisation of New Zealand cancer patients from 1998 to 2012. This was the first study to analyse the impact of new cancer medicines on patients and the health system in New Zealand in this way. Professor […]

Why is Keytruda funded for melanoma but not lung cancer?

Is it fair that melanoma gets funded for a particular drug while lung cancer doesn’t? Well, that’s exactly what’s happening with Pembrolizumab, or Keytruda as it’s more commonly known. Melanoma groups lobbied the Government hard to get the drug funded and in September last year, they succeeded – but spare a thought for lung cancer […]