Named patient pharmaceutical assessment (NPPA) policy consultation
PHARMAC has reviewed our Named Patient Pharmaceutical Assessment (NPPA) Policy as part of a rolling review of our operating policies and procedures (OPP). The outcome of this review was a new decision-making framework that was introduced in the second half of 2015.
Introducing the Exceptional Circumstances Framework
The new Exceptional Circumstances Framework includes:
- the revised NPPA Policy
- other exceptions, including
- Special Authority waivers
- Hospital Medicine Restriction waivers.
Exceptional Circumstances Framework
The consultation and review showed that the intent of the NPPA Policy remains sound. However, we received feedback that the NPPA Policy is difficult to interpret and apply, and the application process could be cumbersome. We’ve gone back to the core principles of the NPPA Policy and rewritten it to make it clearer.
Implementation of the Framework
The Exceptional Circumstances Framework will come into effect in the second half of 2015.
- We’re making the application process simpler.
- We’re developing an online system to make applications easier.
The lead-in time is so we can improve the process and have the online system ready when the new Framework comes into effect. We’ll be working with affected people to ensure they understand the changes before they come into force.
NPPA Policy consultation
The NPPA Policy review started in April 2014, and included a round of public consultation which ran for 4 weeks.
Last updated: 5 July 2016