You are a priority

We know living with type-2 diabetes can be tough. Pharmac has made it easier for Māori and Pacific peoples to get the latest diabetes medication.

Kia māia whānau!

"I reckon we are a bit stubborn when it comes to asking for help, there are resources out there to help us feel better and live a healthy lifestyle."
Adam Blair, Rugby League Legend, Ngāpuhi

Keeping your blood glucose and blood pressure under better control can reduce complications from type 2 diabetes. 

Pharmac has funded 2 new medicines for type 2 diabetes that help. In a first for us, we've broken down barriers for Māori and Pacific people to access these medicines. 

More about the medicines

empagliflozin (Jardiance) – Health Navigator website (external link)

empagliflozin with metformin (Jardiamet) – Health Navigator website(external link)

Talk to your doctor

Your doctor knows you and your situation best. If they think you will benefit from these medicines, Pharmac's made it much easier for you to get them. 

"I want every person to live their best and healthiest lifestyle, so they get to enjoy their mokopuna."
Phil Merritt, Kaumatua, Ngāti Kauwhata.

You are a priority

Pharmac wants Māori and Pacific peoples to access these medicines that help manage type 2 diabetes. "You are a priority" is a ground breaking campaign. We've found 4 influential New Zealanders to help us spread the word.

  • Phil Merritt, Kaumatua (Ngāti Kauwhata)
  • Adam Blair, Rugby League Legend (Ngāpuhi)
  • Makaia Carr, Founder of Kura Kai (Ngāruahine)
  • Aroha Awarau, Awardwinning Playright (Ngāti Maru/Ngāti Porou/Niuean/Samoan)

Research has highlighted the disastrous outcomes facing Māori and Pacific patients. Mortality rates for Māori with type 2 diabetes is seven times higher than non-Māori, and it is predicted that one in four Pacific peoples will have the disease within 20 years.

We want everyone to get these medicines if they will benefit from them. 

Watch all the tv ads – YouTube playlist(external link)

Text: If you are Māori or Pacifika, it's now easier for you to access type 2 diabetes medication. To find out more korero with your doctor today..