In an announcement worthy of 3 dancing bananas , PHARMAC in New Zealand have just announced:
We are pleased to announce a decision to fund a new treatment for chronic hepatitis C infection, glecaprevir and pibrentasvir (Maviret) from 1 February 2019, and to widen access to adalimumab (Humira) for patients with psoriasis from 1 July 2019, through an agreement with AbbVie Ltd.
In summary, this decision will result in the following:
On 1 February 2019:
- Glecaprevir with pibrentasvir (Maviret) tablets will be funded in the community and DHB hospitals without restrictions for patients with chronic hepatitis C. Maviret treats all genotypes of hepatitis C.
- Maviret will replace the currently funded open-listed hepatitis C treatment, Viekira Pak (+/- RBV), which will be delisted on the same day. Viekira Pak can only be used to treat patients with genotype 1 hepatitis C.
For more details see the attached press release.