Porirua GP to advise Pharmac

01:57, Jan 22 2013

Porirua GP Sean Hanna has been appointed to an advisory committee that provides advice on medicines the Government is considering funding. 

The Pharmacology and Therapeutics Advisory Committee is made up of senior clinicians and pharmacologists, who are appointed by the Director-General of Health.

The committee gives clinical advice to Pharmac, the Government's drug buying agency, on funding new medicines.

Pharmac medical director Dr Peter Moodie said Dr Hanna's experience in primary care in communities with high health needs would add to the mix of expertise in the committee.

His interest in cross-cultural communication within general practice - particularly use of te reo Maori,  youth and adolescent primary care, and primary care in communities with high health needs, and barriers to access were valuable, Dr Moodie said.

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