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New Medicine Sapropterin Approved

May 24 2018

The Te Arai BioFarma pharmaceutical product sapropterin has been approved by Medsafe for supply to New Zealanders. Approval occurred during international PKU awareness month.   Sapropterin has been designated as an orphan drug for treating the rare metabolic condition phenylketonuria (PKU). PKU leads to an abnormally high concentration of the amino acid phenylalanine (Phe) in […]

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New Zealand is a step closer to funding the cardiovascular polypill

January 31 2018

The pharmaceutical buying agency PHARMAC has received a positive recommendation to fund Trinomia, a combination of aspirin (a blood ‘thinning’ agent to reduce blood clots), atorvastin (to reduce harmful cholesterol levels) and ramipril (to reduce blood pressure) for New Zealanders.   PHARMACs cardiovascular subcommittee, mainly specialist cardiologists, provides clinical advice for PHARMAC. The committee has recommended […]

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Microdacyn leads new Wound Care Review

July 31 2017

A new evidence review for the prevention of infection and wound management have recently been released. The review is accompanied by training modules supported by The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). The relatively high incidence of wound infection in New Zealand coupled with reduced health outcomes have prompted its release. Microdacyn Wound Care Solution and Hydrogel […]

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MicroHeal products available at Life and Unichem pharmacies

June 17 2017

The family of MicroHeal products in New Zealand pharmacies is growing with Microdacyn (first aid, infection prevention), BabySoothe (eczema, nappy rash, dermatitis) and Oracyn (mouth and throat infections) now available in Life and Unichem pharmacies across New Zealand. MicroHeal products have a unique effect to physically remove microbes including bacteria, drug resistant bacteria, fungi and […]

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Polypill-based therapy likely to reduce ethnic inequities in use of cardiovascular preventive medications

April 10 2017

New Zealand research has demonstrated that a cardiovascular polypill can improve adherence to medicines proven to improve survival. Medicines are only effective if we take them although in New Zealand only a fraction of people that have suffered a cardiovascular event (heart attack or stroke) take the medicines proven to make them live longer. This […]

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World Health Organisation considers Trinomia® as an Essential Medicine

March 13 2017

Trinomia®,the first cardiovascular polypill, is being considered by the WHO as an Essential Medicine.   Inclusion on the Essential Medicines List (EML) allow access and funding for poor, lower and middle income countries. Supporters of the application including institutes such as Oxford University, the University of Auckland, Harvard Medical School and the World Heart Federation […]

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World Health Organisation (WHO) Evaluating Microdacyn For World Essential Medicines List

March 6 2017

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has accepted for review the first ever New Zealand based submission for a product entry on the Essential Medicines List.   The World Health Organisation (WHO) Essential Medicines List (EML) committee considers Microdacyn technology during April. Microdacyn is a super oxidised solution used to prevent and manage infection while clinically […]

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Microdacyn Leads The Way In New International Guidelines

January 15 2017

Microdacyn wound care solution has been included in the new International Wound Infection Institute (IWII) clinical practice Guidelines.   The IWII is a multidisciplinary international group of experts dedicated to sharing the latest developments in wound infection and infection prevention. The guidelines have a focus on biofilm and wound infection.   Microdacyn is newly included […]

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UroFem receives ACC Listing

September 30 2016

UroFem 1000mg d-mannose tablets are now a listed medical consumable, meaning UroFem is funded for relevant people eligible under Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC).   Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) affect a large number of people that have received an accident related injury, including trauma and burns. People most affected include those with a spinal cord injury […]

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Heart Failure Medicine approval for Te Arai BioFarma

August 22 2016

A Medicine which is currently not available to New Zealanders through PHARMAC received Medsafe regulatory approval this week. Eplerenone Te Arai (eplerenone) is used as an adjunct in the management of chronic heart failure. Eplerenone has been well studied and demonstrates a significant survival benefit in people that have heart failure after a heart attack. […]

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