Pharmac under fire over new meters
Wed, 08 Aug 2012 5:53p.m.
Pharmac has decided to contract a sole supplier for the blood sugar meters diabetics use and opposition parties say it will force an unwelcome change on thousands of people.
The drug-buying agency is going to get the meters from Korean supplier CareSens, and it will be the only type that is subsidised.
At present it buys meters from several manufacturers and Pharmac says the move will save $10 million a year.
It will use $4 million of that to subsidise insulin pumps, which will be funded nationwide for the first time.
CareSens is going to deliver three types of meters with enhanced features and Pharmac says it has responded to user feedback.
Labour's health spokeswoman, Maryan Street, says the change will be a disaster.
"It will mean thousands of people will have to switch to new glucose blood meters, disrupting their current management of what can be a life-threatening illness," she said on Wednesday.
"When consultation meetings were held around the country - at short notice and inconveniently - those people able to attend were furious and bewildered at why something which wasn't broken needed to be fixed."
NZ First's health spokeswoman, Barbara Stewart, says hundreds of thousands of diabetics will have to rely on "unknown" meters.
"The Government and Pharmac care more about money than they do about people," she said.
"We've spoken with doctors, health professionals and diabetics and they all say this is purely an economic exercise aimed at saving a few dollars rather than doing what is best for those New Zealanders suffering from diabetes."
There about 150,000 registered diabetics in New Zealand.
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8/06/2013 7:06:38 a.m.
Aiden you have no idea!!! These new meters dont even turn on under 10degrees and if they do they read alot higher than they are supposed to ,putting diabetics at risk of diabetic coma!!! This is stupid everyone is scared!
15/08/2012 2:42:09 p.m.
Dennis Sivyer wrote:
This will not only affect meters but also Accu-Chek Performa strips which only remain funded until 1 March 2013, the Accu-chek products have been thoroughly tried & tested. This is just a revenue raising exercise by an uncaring Government body.
13/08/2012 10:17:37 a.m.
LAMENT OF THE UNHEARD VOICE
I'm crying in the darkness and I cannot sleep a wink.
My daughter's voice has not been heard, and this is what I think:
A money-based decision is affecting all our lives.
I'm so annoyed (that's far too mild!). I've broken out in hives.
My daughter has a meter which she's found has filled her need.
She's tried about five others; this one's best, so please take heed:
You cannot know the ripple that you've caused inside her heart.
She's only seventeen and feels her life's been torn apart.
It's like a third world country with dictator at the head.
I thought we had democracy. My body feels like lead.
Feel powerless, feel hopeless; I just don't know where to go.
I tried to put my points across sincerely. Don't you know?
I guess the deal was done and you were humouring the crowd;
pretending to take notice. Now her meter's in a shroud.
It's going to be buried in a landfill with our spare.
I'm wondering how much that costs? Ten million? Do I dare?
If I add up your salaries, consultants, and the like...
the phone calls, venues, internet: the cost then takes a hike...
the training, and disposals, and the time of pharmacists...
of teachers and the caregivers... "It's costly!" I insist.
You could have saved ten million if you'd left us all alone.
Suppliers pay their taxes. They're been shut out of the zone.
You sit there, play monopoly to justify your task.
Please listen. We are human. Help!!! Is that too much to ask?
9/08/2012 8:34:05 a.m.
mountain out of a mole hill.
8/08/2012 6:56:00 p.m.
typical its all about saving money doesn't matter about accuracy or that it will create hardship or in some cases worsening of health we as nz diabetics have no say in our own care
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