Pharmac was left to make the final call on how a young woman suffering life threatening seizures can access medication.
Sushila Butt has petitioned Parliament over treatment for her 21 year old daughter and her ability to access the cannabinoid medication known as Sativex.
The Butt family can't afford the medication and has applied to Pharmac for funding to cover its cost - a move supported by the Northland District health Board.
However Pharmac's turned the bid down, saying the level of benefit from Sativex is uncertain and other funded medicines are available.
Parliament's Health Select Committee has declined to intervene, saying it considers that Pharmac is best placed to determine issues about which drugs to fund.