25 year history - introduction from Sarah Fitt
As PHARMAC marks 25 years, we’re taking the time to reflect on our achievements, our journey so far, and our path into the future. This history of our first 25 years sets out how we got here, and celebrates the work that has seen PHARMAC become an established and trusted part of the New Zealand health system.
No one else had attempted to do what David Moore, PHARMAC’s first General Manager, and his team were trying to do. As you’ll read, the early days were about counterbalancing the power of pharmaceutical companies, creating order and structure to the assessment and funding of medicines, and proving that the model would provide value for New Zealanders.
Along with that success have come speed bumps PHARMAC has had to negotiate. Legal challenges, industry public relations campaigns, and public concern about changes added to the complexity of the work we were doing. PHARMAC has grown and matured and used its experience to shape how we now work.
PHARMAC has always known that the decisions we make have real impacts on everyday New Zealanders. The foundations laid and PHARMAC’s ongoing success have led to its role continuing to expand. So thanks to the work of our early trailblazers, PHARMAC now has an even greater influence on the health of New Zealanders.
As we look to our future, we will hold on to the principles that have brought us here; keeping New Zealanders at the heart of our thinking, using the best evidence to support our decisions, and making good choices so that New Zealanders can continue to have funded, innovative medicines and medical devices to improve their health.
Our success has been a result of a great foundation built by previous PHARMAC staff, General Managers, Chief Executives, and Board members, but we couldn’t have done it alone. Expert advice from the Pharmacology and Therapeutics Advisory Committee, its subcommittees, and the Consumer Advisory Committee has strengthened our decision making. While support from the wider health sector has meant that our decisions have been successfully implemented.
PHARMAC’s mission is as important as it was back in 1993, and we’ll continue to work to help New Zealanders live longer and healthier lives.
Last updated: 13 September 2018