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Cook Islands Looks To New Zealand To Solve Drug Shortage
Medical supplies usually purchased from Netherlands in short supply

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 12, 2012) – The Cook Islands health minister has asked for New Zealand’s help to improve the country’s stock of medical supplies.

The Minister of Health Nandi Glassie says he has recently told his New Zealand counterpart, Tony Ryall, about the shortages the country regularly experiences.

Cook Islands medical supplies drugs are ordered through the Netherlands and Mr Glassie asked Mr Ryall if New Zealand’s drug buying agency, Pharmac, could also supply the Cooks.

Mr Glassie told Parliament that the chairman of Pharmac has indicated the request would be given some consideration.

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