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ACT The Liberal Party Heather Roy

Move to acceptance of qualified overseas drug evaluations, rather than repeat testing in New Zealand

Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand Sue Kedgley

Support the independence of Pharmac
Ensure cost/benefit analyses take into account the full economic cost of ill health, such as unemployment and inability to do unpaid work, when assessing the costs and benefits of a drug.
Ban the ‘direct to consumer’ advertising of pharmaceuticals, because this practice drives up the demand for pharmaceuticals and plays down adverse reactions to drugs
Require every pharmaceutical sold in NZ to contain a consumer information panel, which explains the risks and potential adverse reactions to that product clearly and comprehensively.
Place tighter controls on the routine prescription of highly addictive drugs, and educate doctors, patients, and the public about the risks of dependence and use of safe alternatives

New Zealand Labour Party Hon David Cunliffe

set out

Maori Party Tariana Turia  
National Party of New Zealand Hon Tony Ryall

National will boost funding to Pharmac by $75 million over the next three years
National will undertake a review of New Zealand’s pharmaceutical policy to consider the trade-offs between pharmaceutical and other forms of treatment, and to explore options for providing patients with a greater choice of drugs

New Zealand First Barbara Stewart

Extend free doctors visits and prescriptions to include all primary school-aged children
Conduct a review of the efficiency and efficacy of Pharmac's operations

Progressive Coalition Hon Jim Anderton  
United Future New Zealand Judy Turner

Review the use and availability of methadone with the intention of reducing methadone reliance
Review the role and operations of Pharmac to ensure that not only are pharmaceuticals made available at the most competitive price, but also that the interests of individual patients are taken into account when funding decisions are made
Develop a national medicines strategy to ensure quality use of pharmaceuticals, and to ensure that New Zealanders have access to the most up to date drugs

You can find the policy positions of more parties by checking these websites.
Alliance New Zealand
Democrats for Social Credit
Direct Democracy Party
The Republic Party of New Zealand

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