Feds to fund cancer drug
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.