GREG'S LEGACY

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Abiraterone Acetate (Zytiga) on Australian PBS at last

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Nearly Perfect

Nearly Perfect

On the 30th June 2013 Abiraterone Acetate (Zytiga ) was finally approved to be included on the Australian PBS list by the federal government. This monumental decision and action by the federal government will make Zytiga affordable and thus available, for those advanced prostate cancer patients in need of the benefits of this drug and who comply with the following medical requirements.

Zytiga will be available under the Australian PBS as from August 1st 2013 to those advanced prostate cancer patients who 1) Have metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer and 2) Have had a failed response to treatment with chemotherapy……In other words those patients at death’s door.

What is misunderstood about this barrier for Zytiga access for patients is the fact that  the drug Zytiga is far superior to chemotherapy treatment in every area. Insurance companies in America………….Where this drug was developed have recognised the value in treatment for patients prior to chemotherapy. I previously published an article on Arbiraterone outlining much of the information  regarding this drug and the benefits to patients over and above what chemotherapy offers. The link to this article is:

https://kingvalley.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/arbiraterone-zytiga-update/

There is another petition in the process of circulation by prostate cancer advocate Tony Musgrave and his links I have listed below. Tony was instrumental in the earlier acceptance and recognition of the benefits of this drug to the Australian PBS committee. I would like to urge all readers to join with Tony and sign this petition.

https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/pbs-should-pay-for-abiraterone-for-all-incurable-prostate-cancer-patients.html

http://www.prostate-cancer-medication.blogspot.com.au/

Please Join us again and hold up your hand

Please Join us again and hold up your hand

So….. Here we are with a brand new prostate cancer drug available for patients at an affordable price. I feel personally grateful to our government for this gift to terminally ill patients that will enable a much longer and better quality of life for them. I believe that it will only be a short time until sanity prevails and the medical requirements and barriers will be lifted on the subsidised cost of this drug.

I know that sometime in my future I will benefit from this drug as my cancer progresses…. So thank you all in advance.

Lee aka Popeye

Extra reading.

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/currentissue-P12000030

http://www.onclive.com/publications/Oncology-live/2013/June-2013/Abiraterone-Slows-mCRPC-Before-Chemotherapy

http://www.prostate.org.au/articleLive/pages/Government-joins-fight-against-advanced-prostate-cancer.html

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