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A Better Deal for Meds

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Australians are paying much more for medicines than they should.

By Ian Lowe

If you want cheaper medicines, get a prescription in New Zealand.

Why do pharmaceuticals cost much more in Australia than in New Zealand? Sydney University’s Philip Clarke and Ed Fitzgerald say Australians are paying much more than they should. They examined specific cases, such as one drug commonly used to treat patients with high cholesterol levels. The wholesale price of Simvastatin in Australia is about $30 per month for regular 40 mg doses. The same treatment would cost $1.50 across the Tasman. Clarke suggested in a recent newspaper article that Australians travelling to New Zealand might make a point of stocking up on the cheaper drugs.

The New Nuclear

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Nuclear energy is a contentious issue.

By Ian Lowe

Will new technology make nuclear energy viable?

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Road to Nowhere

By Ian Lowe

Innovation in New Zealand is following Australia's lead.

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