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Funded insulin pumps "wonderful news"

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Ellen, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. Ellen

    Ellen Senior Member

    Oct 22, 2005

    Funded insulin pumps "wonderful news"
    Virginia McMillan
    Thursday 08 March 2012, 12:27PM
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    Pharmac's entry into buying and funding insulin pumps is "wonderful news", according to Diabetes New Zealand president Chris Baty.

    The move has been overshadowed by fears around changes to funded blood glucose meters and test trips, Ms Baty says.

    She welcomes the plan to end DHB variability and start a national scheme for insulin pumps and consumables.

    Only a few DHBs have been funding them for patients, Ms Baty says.

    Special authority

    Pharmac advises it has entered into a provisional agreement with New Zealand Medical and Scientific to supply insulin pumps and consumables from 1 June. Special authority would be required.

    The agency wants feedback by 16 March.

    The idea is to set up a panel of clinicians to assess patient eligibility.

    Patients would get their pumps and accessories from a community or hospital pharmacy.

    Stringent criteria are proposed and these are reasonable, Ms Baty says.

    Costly and complicated

    A pump costs several thousand dollars and consumables can be about $300 a month.

    Patients using pumps need help from the multidisciplinary health team, as the devices are complicated, Ms Baty says.

    Pumps enable more precise titration than insulin injections and are fitted on the patient 24/7, being removed only for showering and the like.

    Toddlers and teens (among others) can benefit from using pumps because injections are often a struggle in these age groups, Ms Baty points out.

    Related links

    Proposal to list insulin pumps and consumables [PDF] - Pharmac

    Government extends Pharmac role - Minister of health Tony Ryall
  2. kiwimum

    kiwimum Approved members

    Mar 14, 2007
    Yes, it is a step in the right direction, but....

    They are only going to fund one brand of pump and the consumables, which is Animas. They are also proposing to fund the luer lock so we can use MM pumps with the Animas sites. However, this will null and void the MM warranty:(

    While it is great for those that are waiting for a pump or who already have an Animas, there are a great deal of people who will miss out on the funding and will still be paying out of pocket.

    The criteria is also not that easy, or at least, I don't think it is. Even if we weren't self funding for Tyler, I don't think he would meet the eligibility criteria for a funded pump anyway.

    And then of course, there is the meter issue we are all trying to fight....:mad:
  3. Cookie Monster

    Cookie Monster Approved members

    Jan 5, 2009
    And they will only fund type 1s. So not my son.

    Will be hitting send on two submissions this evening. One for the pumps, one for the meters. I hope plenty of others are going to contact Pharmac.
  4. kiwimum

    kiwimum Approved members

    Mar 14, 2007
    Are you going to any of the meetings organised by Pharmac?? We are going to the Auckland one on Monday night to see what they have to say, and hopefully to get our concerns listened to - on both issues:(

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