Flavoured condoms may be added to Pharmac list

NZPA 5 November 2007
Pharmac plans to add flavoured condoms to the range of contraceptives that it subsidises. The Government drug-funding agency has started consulting with stakeholders on its proposal to add a wider range of condoms on its pharmaceutical schedule – including narrow (49mm nominal width), wide (55mm and 60mm nominal widths) and flavoured condoms. “We recognised there might be a need for a wider range,” Pharmac manager of funding and procurement Steffan Crausaz said. “So we went out to suppliers and asked them for some proposals for expanding the range of condoms on a subsidised basis in exchange for price reductions.Pharmac already fully subsidises half a dozen brands of condom and partly subsidises another. It is seeking feedback from medical and patient groups and suppliers on its proposal to widen the range of subsidised condoms. It spends $860,000 a year subsidising condoms and $8.7 million on contraception overall.