The expensive cancer drug that was beyond the reach of Goorambat woman Anne-Marie Greenway — as reported by The Ensign earlier this month — is being considered for a government subsidy.
Palbociclib costs upwards of $60 000 per year making it unaffordable for most people fighting cancer.
However, following a campaign by the Breast Cancer Network of Australia the drug is being considered for a government subsidy under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
A decision will be made by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee in November and members of the public are being urged to complete a consumer comment form before October 4.
Anne-Marie is asking anyone who has five minutes spare to complete a form online.
‘‘When the electronic form opens, the answer to the first questions are ‘palbociclib’, ‘November 2017’, and ‘nil’,’’ she said.
‘‘After that, you can say you are a friend of the patient — use my name if you would like — and the next question is asking what you want to say in your own words about this drug.
‘‘Palbociclib is a drug which could help myself any many hundreds of other women in Australia with this type of breast cancer.
‘‘I would like to thank the Benalla Ensign for highlighting the struggle I have been having to gain access to the drug palbociclib for my newly-diagnosed metastatic breast cancer.
‘‘I hope the many people who have shown support in their kind letters and gestures will be able to find time to do this, and would like to thank all of those people again — you and your kindnesses are what make Benalla such a wonderful place to live.’’
The consumer comment form can be accessed online at www.pbs.gov.au/info/ industry/listing/elements/pbac-meetings/pbacconsumer-comments
●Car break-ins are on the rise in Benalla with a series of thefts from vehicles on Saturday night.
Vehicles in and around Barkly St, Psaltis Pde and Reilly Ave were targeted overnight.
Several vehicles were damaged and items were stolen with owners discovering the thefts the following day.
The break-ins come only a week after a vehicle was broken into at Kurrajong Crt and police are once again urging the public to ensure their vehicles are locked and valuables hidden from view or removed.
Police are urging anyone with information to phone Benalla Police station on 5760 0200 or crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
●A vehicle heading south on Hume Fwy on Thursday night was detected travelling at more than twice the speed limit.
Benalla Highway Patrol Leading Senior Constable Terry Smith said about 8 pm a white Holden Caprice was detected lowlevel speeding at Benalla.
‘‘When we took up a position behind it, it rapidly accelerated to in excess of 230 km/ h, probably closer to 240 km/h,’’ he said.
He said an attempt to intercept was undertaken but the driver of the vehicle refused to pull over.
The vehicle was then spotted by another police unit at Avenel about 8.20 pm.
‘‘They attempted to intercept it and sped away,’’ Ldg Sen Const Smith said.
‘‘There were no injuries and no pursuits were engaged because of the excessive speed and dangers involved.’’
The vehicle involved has been identified and inquiries are under way to identify the driver.
Anyone who witnessed the speeding vehicle should phone Benalla Police on 5760 0200.
●Vehicles targeted Witnesses sought
Can you help?: Anne-Marie Greenway is urging people to complete a consumer comment form to help get Palbociclib added to the PBS.