Medical equipment (also known as armamentarium) is designed to aid in the diagnosis, monitoring or treatment of medical conditions.
Drug paraphernalia is a term used, often with a slightly negative connotation due to its use in criminal law field e.g. "possession of drug paraphernalia", to denote any equipment, product, or material that is modified for making, using, or concealing drugs, typically for recreational purposes. Drugs such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine are related to a wide range of paraphernalia. Paraphernalia generally falls into two categories including user-specific products and dealer-specific products.
User-specific products include glass hashish pipes, crack cocaine pipes, smoking masks, hashish bongs, cocaine freebase kits, syringes, roach clips for holding the burning end of a marijuana "joint". Some stores sell items for growing hydroponic marijuana, such as guidebooks, fertilizer, and fluorescent grow-lights. The term paraphernalia also refers to items such as hollowed-out cosmetic cases or fake pagers when used to conceal illegal drugs, or products purported to cleanse an individuals system of drug residues to increase the individual's chance of passing a urine analysis for drug use.
The Pharmaceutical Management Agency or Pharmac is a New Zealand Crown entity that decides, on behalf of District Health Boards, which medicines and related products are subsidised for use in the community and public hospitals.
Pharmac was created in 1993 to ensure that New Zealanders get the best possible health outcomes from the money the Government spends on medicines. Trying to meet the public's growing demand for new medicines within a defined budget is challenging. PHARMAC has made a wider range of subsidised medicines available while staying within an agreed budget each year.