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 The Diabetes Help Tauranga and Diabetes Manawatu teams are taking a well deserved break over the summer. The main offices will be closed from December 14th - January 15th 2018.   Should you require urgent support please contact your GP or usual Healthcare provider or ring Healthline on 0800 611 116

Pharmaco awarded sole supply for blood glucose meters

Auckland, 21st November 2017 - Kiwi healthcare specialist Pharmaco (NZ) Limited has been awarded the New Zealand sole supplier agreement for blood glucose meters and strips by PHARMAC, following a public consultation in July and August this year.  The new agreement covers an expanded range of CareSens Blood Glucose Meters, with enhanced technology, and associated test strips, developed in response to feedback from Kiwis who live with with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes (1), and their healthcare professionals. Supply will start 1st February 2018 and run to 30th June 2022, supporting around 265,000 New Zealanders who rely on meters to monitor their blood glucose. 

Sole supply for blood glucose meters and strips was first granted to Pharmaco (NZ) Limited in July 2012. This second agreement will be for a wider range of four fully funded meters, that will address the different needs of people with diabetes.  Pharmaco say “Over the last five years we’ve listened to New Zealanders who live with diabetes and we are responding with a range of world class meters offering more choice and enhanced technology, all based on the partnership we have developed with i-SENS, a world leader in biosensor technology. This new range has been shaped by Kiwis, and our commitment is to continue innovating and introducing new technology in the future. This agreement also brings continuity in that almost 85% of users can carry on using the meter they already have and others will be supported as they move to other funded products based on their eligibility.  This will mean minimal additional workload to prescribers and other healthcare professionals, Pharmaco are delighted to have been given the opportunity to continue to support people in New Zealand who live with diabetes and depend on this technology daily for their health and well-being. 

Pharmaco’s involvement in diabetes over the last five years has led to it creating a new division, Pharmaco Diabetes (2), and community initiatives to support people managing their diabetes, or facing a diagnosis, which can often be traumatic. The new sole supply agreement covers four CareSens fully funded meters for eligible users and their associated test strips, including one dual meter that tests for both blood glucose and ketones:
  • CareSens N
  • CareSens N POP
  • CareSens N Premier, with Bluetooth technology
  • CareSens Dual, for both blood glucose and ketones and with Bluetooth
People who need to transition between meters will be able to do so over a six month period between 1st February 2018 and 31st July 2018. For further information about the CareSens range of meters please visit



People living with type two diabetes are invited to attend an award-winning diabetes program, the first of which is to be held at St Enoch’s Church Hall Tauranga, 9-4pm on Tuesday 23rd January 2018.  The DESMOND program, short for Diabetes Education Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed is delivered by Diabetes Help Tauranga educators who are trained to guide participants to take control over their own condition.

  “We are proud to launch this program” Debbie Cunliffe, Diabetes Nurse Educator and Manager at Diabetes Help Tauranga said. “Participants can expect to learn real life skills for managing diabetes across many areas such as food choices, physical activity and medications.”

 Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic health condition in New Zealand and is set to become the number one burden of disease in New Zealand over the next 10 years. There are currently 241, 463 people known to have diabetes in New Zealand, 10, 391 of these are in the Bay of Plenty.

  The DESMOND program is the only evidence-based education program for people with type two diabetes in New Zealand which emphasises that, for the person with type two diabetes their most valuable health resource is themselves. There is evidence to show that better self-management of diabetes can result in significant and sustained weight loss, increased physical activity and improved well-being.

  For further information, or to enrol on DESMOND program in 2018 contact or ring the Diabetes Help Tauranga INFOline on 07 571 3422