Under section 48 (e) of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000, after consulting with the board of Pharmac in accordance with the requirements of that section, I authorise Pharmac to perform the function specified in the Schedule to this authorisation.
This authorisation is effective from the date of signing and shall remain in force until it is revoked by the Minister of Health.
Pharmac is authorised to manage the purchasing of any or all pharmaceuticals, whether used either in a hospital or outside it, on behalf of DHBs.
In carrying out this function Pharmac will need to address, at a minimum, the following factors:
(i) Developing a management strategy;
(ii) consulting and communicating with DHBs and other interested parties as Pharmac considers appropriate;
(iii) amending Pharmac's planning, funding, and policy documents to the extent appropriate;
(iv) compiling and analysing information from DHBs
on pharmaceutical volumes, expenditure, and contractual arrangements;
(v) adjusting the pharmaceutical schedule as necessary; and
(vi) carrying out purchasing on behalf of DHBs.
Dated at Wellington this 4th day of September 2001.
ANNETTE FAYE KING, Minister of Health.