PHARMAC, or the Pharmaceutical Management Agency, is a Crown agency (it reports to the Minister of Health) that is concerned with the use of medicines in New Zealand.

PHARMAC’s roles include:

  • helping patients get the best available pharmaceutical treatment within the funding provided
  • encouraging doctors to prescribe carefully
  • running patient information programmes about medicines
  • managing spending on prescription medicines for District Health Boards
  • managing the list of medicines that are subsidised by the Government (the Pharmaceutical Schedule). This includes: deciding which medicines will go on the list; how much they will be subsidised by the Government; and, in some cases, who is able to receive some subsidised medicines. To see which medicines are on the Pharmaceutical Schedule, click on the following link: http://www.pharmac.co.nz/schedule.asp

To find out more information about PHARMAC, click on the following link: http://www.pharmac.co.nz/who_are_pharmac.asp