Can I request information from Pharmac about a particular treatment under the Official Information Act?

Question Details: I am trying to obtain information from Pharmac. I am not asking for any personal patient details, just statistics - how many patients with a specific syndrome currently receive a particular treatment, and how many applications for that treatment have been declined. The information is to be used in a submission to Pharmac proposing that all patients qualify for the treatment. Under the Official Information Act, would Pharmac be required to release the information?

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You can request information from Pharmac under the Official Information Act (OIA). If you contact Pharmac, make sure your request is clear and easily understood for your request to be processed.
Pharmac may choose not to release the information to you if they say certain withholding grounds under the OIA apply (for example, if the information is commercially sensitive). If you do not accept that the right grounds apply for information to be withheld, you can challenge Pharmac's decision through the Ombudsman: www.ombudsman.parliament.nz.

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