Public funding plea for cancer drug

A new cancer drug has been approved for New Zealanders to use. File photo.

A new cancer drug has been approved for use in New Zealanders - and the Breast Cancer Coalition is calling for it to be publicly funded.

The drug, Ibrance, works by interfering with certain proteins in the body and helps stop cancer cells from dividing and growing.

Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition’s Libby Burgess says the drug would help hundreds of women with a particular kind of breast cancer, but it would be too expensive if it was not government subsidised.

"It’s going to cost New Zealanders around $5000 a month and that means most people won’t be able to access this drug.

"We really have an important breakthrough medicine and we need to get Pharmac to get right onto this and to fund it very soon."

Libby says the drug company had yet to file an application with Pharmac.

Breast cancer is New Zealand’s third most common cancer. It kills more than 600 people each year.


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@Mein Fuhrer

Posted on 04-09-2017 22:09 | By Papamoaner

We have no way of knowing whether or not what you say is true, but it seems enough people are saying it to justify investigation. It seems to me the obvious agency to mount a full science based investigation into the matter, is the WHO. I reckon that is the direction to be pushing in if you can rally enough support. If It was put out to referenda I would vote for it, but it is presently against the law to use that substance, so we ought not to be doing it.

mein fuhrer

Posted on 04-09-2017 16:01 | By whatsinaname

Totally agree.

expensive pharmaceuticals wont cure cancer

Posted on 04-09-2017 13:39 | By Mein Fuhrer

however, non toxic high THC cannabis oil and other natural plant based extracts will, but then every one will be cured and won’t need pills, potions or a doctor anymore and the poor petrochemical based modern medical system will lose all those precious profits.