Indictment of National policies – Pharmac to consider funding sanitary products…

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Pharmac is considering whether to help cut the cost of tampons and pads.

Pharmac is seeking advice on whether sanitary products fall within the boundaries of items it's allowed to fund.

Pharmac is seeking advice on whether sanitary products fall within the boundaries of items it’s allowed to fund. Photo: 123RF

The government funding agency has received an application for it to subsidise sanitary products and hopes to report back shortly.

Campaigners have been lobbying for greater access to the items since reports last year of women not being able to afford them and having to use rags or newspaper instead.

Pharmac’s chief executive, Steffan Crausaz, said a private citizen, who he won’t name, contacted them about the matter late last year.

“It’s the first time, as far as I can tell, that we’ve had an application like this.”

Mr Crausaz said Pharmac was now seeking…

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