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‘Heart-breaking’: 30000 sign petition urging Pharmac to fund inflammatory bowel disease medicine –

Most people are diagnised with inflammatory bowel disease as teenagers, but if funded medicines don’t work the only option is life-altering surgery.



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It is too late for Hayley Greer.
The 24-year-old from Lower Hutt had surgery to remove her colon in January, after medicine for her inflammatory bowel disease stopped working. She will live with an ostomy bag for the rest of her life.
She joined dozens of protestors on a march through Wellingtons streets on Wednesday afternoon to present a 30,000 signature petition to Parliament calling on Pharmac to fund ustekinumab, a medicine used to treat bowel disease.
More than 20,000 New Zealanders live…

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