Sub­sidy con­sid­ered

Benalla Ensign - - News - By Si­mon Rup­pert

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

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Can you help?: Anne-Marie Green­way is urg­ing peo­ple to com­plete a con­sumer com­ment form to help get Pal­bo­ci­clib added to the PBS.

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