Media release: PHARMAC consulting on funding for Spinal Muscular Atrophy treatment Evrysdi®

Roche Pharmaceuticals has reached a provisional agreement with PHARMAC to fund Evrysdi®  (risdiplam)  for people aged 18 years and under with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).

Evrysdi is the first and only at-home administered treatment for patients living with SMA, and has proven efficacy in babies, children, and adults1 with more than 7,000 patients treated to date worldwide.

Alex Muelhaupt, General Manager of Roche New Zealand, says the company moved quickly and decisively to enable the consultation on the proposal to improve access for Kiwis with SMA.

“We're pleased patients, families and healthcare professionals may now have treatment choice for SMA, especially for those patients who find it hard to travel to hospitals or prefer to have an oral, at-home solution."

“I want to acknowledge the work done by patient advocates to help generate awareness around SMA and the need for the funding of novel medicines like Evrysdi."

“Roche looks forward to ongoing collaboration with the SMA community to improve the lives of SMA patients,” he said.

Notes to editors

To interview Alex Muelhaupt, please contact:
Sarah McMahon, Corporate Engagement Partner, Roche
 +64 21 796 225

[email protected]

Evrysdi Consumer Panel

Evrysdi® (risdiplam), 750 microgram/mL powder for oral solution, is a Prescription Medicine used to treat spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in patients aged 2 months and older.

Ask your doctor if Evrysdi is right for you. Use only as directed. If symptoms continue or you have side effects, see your healthcare professional. For more information about Evrysdi:

• talk to your healthcare professional; or

• visit medsafe.govt.nz for Evrysdi Consumer Medicine Information; or

 • visit roche.co.nz or call Roche on 0800 276 243

Evrysdi has risks and benefits.

Possible common side effects include: diarrhoea; rash. Other side effects not listed here may occur in some people.

Do not use Evrysdi if: you have had an allergic reaction to Evrysdi or any of its ingredients.

Tell your doctor if: you have any other medical conditions; take any medicines for any other condition; are female and pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed; are male and planning to donate sperm or have children; are older than 60 years or if your baby is younger than 2 months; or you are taking any other medicines, including any medicines, vitamins or supplements that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop

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We have had a presence in New Zealand since 1973 and operate across two key businesses, Roche  Pharmaceuticals and Roche Diagnostics. The ultimate aim of our almost 100 employees across the country is to enable New Zealand patients to gain access to our medicines and diagnostic tests in order  to detect illnesses early, and to treat them with life-saving

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