Australia - Call for changes to reduce blood cancer deaths through greater access to drugs

Australia - Call for changes to reduce blood cancer deaths through greater access to drugs

Australia's "Leukaemia Foundation has made 12 key recommendations in a submission to the Senate inquiry into the Availability of New, Innovative and Specialist Cancer Drugs in Australia.

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Among the G20 nations, Australia is currently among those nations with the least access to affordable drugs.

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Each year, more than 12,000 Australians are diagnosed with one of more than 117 subtypes of blood cancer – each is considered a rare cancer. Collectively, the mortality rate for blood cancer is among the highest for all cancers and the treatment costs are the most expensive.

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At any one time, hundreds of people are trying to access new drugs in a bid for life, but for most of them these drugs are either too expensive or not yet approved in Australia."

Full article at:

leukaemia.org.au/news/call-...

Neil

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  • Sad but true, yet we can host a G20 summit at a cost of over ???? Million!

  • Good to the Leukemia Foundation is working on this. Thanks for the info and link.

  • Thank you for the info.

    Good to read that Australians in need have a chance of being listened to and hopefully will lead to action.

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