New Zealand’s COVID-19 treatments portfolio
Pharmac is securing treatments for people with an active COVID-19 infection or at high risk of infection.
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Treating and managing COVID-19
The Manatū Hauora provides clinical advice for health professionals on COVID-19 treatments. Learn more:
The virus and treatments have evolved
Due to the changing nature of COVID-19, some of the treatments that have been developed to treat the virus over the past few years may no longer be as effective as when they were first available.
Since the pandemic began, we have had to make decisions to purchase treatments with limited amounts of evidence. To make sure New Zealanders could get treatments to protect against severe illness, we purchased a range of options, with the aim of having treatments available that are effective against all COVID-19 variants and illness severities.
We assess the efficacy of treatments using the information that is available to us at the time and considering the current environment. We continue to monitor and review the treatments that are available for COVID-19 and evidence for their efficacy.
When we first secured treatments we knew that the virus would evolve and treatments could become less effective. Taking a portfolio approach to purchasing COVID-19 treatments helps us manage this risk.
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We've had to do things differently to make sure New Zealanders could get access to these medicines.
We have released a large number of documents relating to COVID-19 medicines. Search our Official Information Act (OIA) responses for "COVID"
Pharmac is responsible for securing medicines to treat and prevent COVID-19 for New Zealanders. Pharmac:
- organises supply of the treatments
- works with suppliers and the health sector and
- sets the criteria for who can access the funded medicines.
If you have questions about COVID-19 medicines, email firstname.lastname@example.org