Pharmacology and Therapeutics Advisory Committee (PTAC)
PTAC is PHARMAC’s primary clinical advisory committee. PTAC's role is to provide objective clinical advice to the Board of PHARMAC.
PTAC's members are appointed by the Director-General of Health in consultation with the PHARMAC Board. Appointments are made according to the Protocol for appointment [PDF, 72 KB].
The Committee considers and makes recommendations on, amongst other things:
- applications for funding pharmaceuticals
- amendments to the Pharmaceutical Schedule, where there are clinical issues to consider
- the management of the Pharmaceutical Schedule
- the need for reviews of specific drugs, or groups of drugs.
PTAC is made up of senior health practitioners from a range of specialities, who consider clinical evidence around funding applications, and take into account PHARMAC's nine decision criteria before making recommendations to PHARMAC.
PTAC subcommittees provide more specialised advice, on therapeutic areas such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease.
Meeting dates and minutes
The Committee meets four times a year to review funding applications from pharmaceutical suppliers, health professionals and consumer groups.
Contact PTAC by emailing the PTAC Secretary.
Members of PTAC either apply directly or are nominated by professional medical bodies, such as the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Members are appointed by the Director-General of Health, in consultation with the PHARMAC Board. This process is guided by an Appointment Protocol.
PTAC's members are:
- Mark Weatherall (Chair)
BA, MBChB, MApplStats, FRACP
- Melissa Copland
PhD, BPharm(Hons), RegPharmNZ, FNZCP
- Stuart Dalziel
MBChB, PhD, FRACP
- Alan Fraser
MB, ChB, MD, FRACP
- Sean Hanna
MB ChB, FRNZCGP, FRACGP, PGDipGP, PGCertClinEd
- George Laking
MD, PhD, FRACP
- Jennifer Martin
MBChB, MA(Oxon.), FRACP, PhD
- Graham Mills
MBChB, MTropHlth, MD, FRACP
- Giles Newton-Howes
BA, BSc, MBChB, MRCPsych, PostDip BD, FRANZCP
- Marius Rademaker
BM (Soton), MRCP (UK), JCHMT Accreditation, DM, FRCP (Edin), FRACP
- Jane Thomas
MB ChB, FANZCA, FFPMANZCA
- Simon Wynn-Thomas
BMedSci (UK), MRCP (UK), MRCGP (UK), DFFP, FRNZCGP
Last updated: 4 February 2016