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Another article by Stephen Forbes Local Democracy Reporter, published by Stuff, with a really powerful headline "Critics blame diabetes deaths on Pharmac taking years to fund new drug".     

Our Board Chair Dr John Baker has advocated tirelessly for more availability of more modern medications, and greater equity in terms of access for those most in need. According to this article, “It’s Māori and Pacific Islanders who are bearing the costs of death and dialysis,” Baker said. “It’s led to untold suffering and countless patients progressing to renal failure.”

Bringing the patient perspective, Graham King, also on the Diabetes Foundation Board said "“It has made a huge difference to my life and improved the control of my diabetes.”    

Read the article here https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/local-democracy-reporting/300471531/critics-blame-diabetes-deaths-on-pharmac-taking-years-to-fund-new-drug