I just came across a news story about the funding of medication for ADD and ADHD in New Zealand. I was already aware of this story, because a reader of this blog commented here about the fact that this issue was going on.
What happened is that government of New Zealand stopped funding Ritalin for ADHD, and started to fund a cheaper generic medicine for ADHD, called Rubifen. Many children who take this medicine are not having the same benefits that they did with Ritalin, and parents have been frustrated and upset that they cannot get the funding they need for the medicine that works for their child.
Parents are demanding the funding be reinstated for Ritalin, however the director of Pharmac (the funding agency) says that Rubifen passed the tests and they don’t plan on funding Ritalin anymore. They are saving a lot of money by funding Rubifen.
To read more, visit here.
I know we have readers of this blog in New Zealand. Please take a moment and update us on this issue. We’d love to hear what is really going on!