Patients crying foul at Pharmac antidepressant change

Saturday Fresh 03/03/2018

The decision by Pharmac to switch funding of an antidepressant to a cheaper, generic one has some patients crying foul and experiencing the kind of side-effects the original drug was helping them avoid.

Psychotherapic Kyle MacDonald joins Carly Flynn on Saturday Fresh to talk about the decision.

After Pharmac withdrew subsidy for Effexor-XR last September, the government's pharmaceutical agency insisted that the replacement drug, Enlafax-XR, is safe.

But many patients are insisting that the drug is hindering their battle with depression rather than helping it.

Listen to the full interview with Kyle MacDonald above.

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