Feds to fund can­cer drug

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THOU­SANDS of Aus­tralians fight­ing late- stage re­nal and lung can­cer will soon get eas­ier ac­cess to a new mir­a­cle drug.

From to­mor­row, the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment will sub­sidise Op­divo so that pa­tients will pay just $ 38.80 per treat­ment, or $ 6.30 for those with a con­ces­sion card. Up to now, pa­tients have had to fork out about $ 5000 a course, adding up to more than $ 130,000 per year.

“This drug changes lives and save lives,” Health Min­is­ter Greg Hunt said.

It’s one of the big­gest list­ings ever on the Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Ben­e­fits Scheme, cost­ing the Gov­ern­ment $ 1.1 bil­lion, and has been cred­ited with sav­ing the life of AFL star Jar­ryd Roug­head.

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