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Aussie rules with Herceptin decision

Dr Jackie Blue
National Party Associate Health Spokeswoman (Pharmacare)

Aussie rules with Herceptin decision

“I am delighted for Australian women following their country'sdecision to fund Herceptin for women with early-stage breast cancer," says Dr Jackie Blue, National's Associate Health spokeswoman responsible for Pharmacare.

"As it is, New Zealand’s breast cancer mortality data is almost 30% worse than Australia’s and unless we can match this decision, the gap will only continue to widen,” says Dr Blue, a former breast physician.

"In April, Parliament's Health Select Committee heard submissions representing the views of 45 cancer experts.

They all supported full funding of Herceptin for early-stage Her2 breast cancer.

"More than a dozen countries have approved funding for Herceptin and more are expected to follow.

There is nothing controversial about these decisions – they were made with all the facts.

"Pharmac assessed new data last week and I’m hopeful that when its decision is announced shortly, it will have reached the same conclusion.”


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