PROJECTS

Pharmaceutical Procurement of Targeted High Cost Medicine, New Zealand

The problem

New Zealand’s public health system pharmaceutical procurement model favors medicines that provide diffuse benefits to large population groups, disadvantaging people who need specific high-cost medicines to treat rare conditions. Recent advances in pharmaceuticals have been targeted to small population groups. Often such targeted medicines are costly but produce large benefits for some individuals compared to traditional broad-spectrum medicines.

How we helped

Castalia analyzed ways to better incorporate high-cost narrowly-targeted medicines into the overall decision framework of the pharmaceutical subsidy scheme. We also highlighted how restrictions built into the pharmaceutical benefits scheme, instead of producing savings, led to unnecessary fiscal costs. For example, we studied several high-cost medicines which were funded only for in-house hospital use in order to control costs rather than because in-hospital administration was necessary. We showed that people were being hospitalized unnecessarily just to receive the medicine.

Impact

Our report contributed to a change in the government’s approach. Government funding for pharmaceutical benefits has been substantially increased compared to recent trends, recognizing the need to improve access to innovative high costs medicines.

The client

Pfizer New Zealand

Our team

Alex Sundakov

Alex Sundakov

Executive Director

How can we help you?

How can we help you?

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WASHINGTON, DC
+1 (202) 466-6790
1747 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 1200
United States of America

SYDNEY
+61 (2) 9231 6862
Level 1 Kyle House, 27-31 Macquarie Place
Australia

AUCKLAND
+64 (4) 913 2800
74D France Street, Newton South
New Zealand

WELLINGTON
+64 (4) 913 2800
Level 2, 88 The Terrace
New Zealand

PARIS
+33 (1) 73 44 26 97
6 Rue Duret
France

BOGOTÁ
+57 (1) 508 5794
Calle 81 #11-08, Piso 5, Oficina 5-127
Colombia

Thinking for a better world.

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