About 20,000 Australians suffering type 2 diabetes will be able to switch twice everyday injections for a weekly treatment, and save around $1,600 per year under a new medication to be put on the Pharmaceutical Advantages Plan (PBS).
Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley revealed the new diabetes treatment Exanatide will be subsidised under the PBS from September 1, along with an extra $70 million financial investment in the scheme for a cervical cancer drug and a treatment for an uncommon development illness.
” This is much easier, it’s less expensive and most importantly for individuals with type 2 diabetes, approximately 20,000 who can benefit from this treatment, it will avoid long term issues,” Ms Ley stated.
” Sadly Australia has a very high rate of diabetic amputations, all which are avoidable.
” This belongs to our federal government’s commitment to noting medicines without fear or favour on the PBS, once encouraged by our professional committees.”
Diabetes Australia gives tick of approval
The national peak body for diabetes has actually welcomed the listing.
” Exactly what it means is for a lot of people coping with type 2 diabetes they have several injections a day and this will in fact lower that to once a week,” the association’s Renza Scibilia stated.
” It’s an absolutely huge improvement to quality of life, to reduce of treatment also, and we know that means individuals are most likely to be utilizing the treatment as it is prescribed by their health care expert.”
Females not reacting to cervical cancer treatment will have access to the drug Avastin, which will cost the Government $60 million to note on the PBS.
The Health Minister stated it would considerably ease the financial impact on cervical cancer sufferers.
” For a female who accesses this treatment, she will pay exactly what would otherwise be $55,000, but it will in fact cost the rate of a script– $6.10 or $38,” Ms Ley said.
Ten million dollars has likewise been reserved for a drug to treat the unusual condition Acromegaly, which causes abnormal development of the hands, feet and face.
Ms Ley stated the Federal government had brought about numerous performances in the PBS to be able to manage the extra investment, consisting of promoting the use of generic medicines.
Ley ‘not telling the full story’
Shadow Health Minister Catherine King welcomed the listings, but said Ms Ley was not telling the full story when it pertained to the PBS.
” She wishes to make medications unaffordable for a whole range of other patients,” Ms King stated.
” Exactly what this Government is meaning to do is increase the expense of the pharmaceutical benefits, your every script, by $5 for general clients and $0.80 for concessional patients.
” We understand currently that there are patients who are not filling their scripts due to the fact that they cannot manage to do so.
” They’re going to the pharmacist and saying ‘which among these can I pay for … to do without this week?’, because of [the] expense already.”