Life-sav­ing drugs now cheaper

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

ELEVEN break­through medicines used to treat life-threat­en­ing health con­di­tions such as di­a­betes, can­cer, arthri­tis and asthma have been made cheaper.

From April 1, a fed­eral sub­sidy though the Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Ben­e­fits Scheme (PBS) means pa­tients can save thou­sands on pre­vi­ously ex­pen­sive med­i­ca­tions.

Re­search shows ac­cess to pre­scribed medicine de­creases the fur­ther peo­ple live from a ma­jor city.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment said it hoped the im­pact of the PBS would be felt in ru­ral and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties through im­prov­ing ac­cess to life-sav­ing drugs.

For drugs sched­uled un­der the PBS, the max­i­mum price of a script will be capped at $39.50, with con­ces­sional pa­tients pay­ing $6.40.

Newly added list­ings, such as the lung can­cer treat­ment Ate­zolizumab, were rec­om­mended by the in­de­pen­dent Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Ben­e­fits Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee.

Be­fore its PBS in­clu­sion, a course of Ate­zolizumab cost $99,104, but the treat­ment will now cost $6.40 for pen­sion­ers or a max­i­mum of $39.50 per script.

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