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There's a supply issue with Trulicity (duaglutide) medication for people with diabetes, and the concern has been around accessing replacements while the supply issues are resolved.

In this Stuff article by Stephen Forbes, Local Democracy Reporter, Pharmac has assured that patients won't be paying for an alternative.  That's good news to Graham King (Ngāti Tai) , Diabetes Foundation Aotearoa Board member, who describes his experience with the medications concerned as "life changing", he does question whether any alternative might have different side effects.

Diabetes Foundation Aotearoa Board Chair, Dr John Baker has advocated hard for newer medications to be available in New Zealand.   He describes the affected medication as "extremely effective" and notes that previous medications hadn't been effective or " had unacceptable side-effects".

Anyone with concerns regarding their diabetes medication should talk to their prescriber.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/local-democracy-reporting/300711912/diabetics-wont-be-made-to-pay-for-alternative-medicines-pharmac-says?fbclid=IwAR0qOb_paQM2q1Dy0mVNFXirpR_XcOSqwKjZVeM7XBquEyKm2E0bb5Xztr8