Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


National MP supports access to Herceptin

Dr Jackie Blue
National Party MP
20 October 2005

National MP supports access to Herceptin

National Party MP and breast specialist Dr Jackie Blue is supporting the call from the Breast Cancer Advocacy Coalition to open up access to Herceptin, a drug that is effective in HER2 positive breast cancer.

"A ground-breaking trial published in the New England Medical Journal shows a 46% reduction in breast cancer returning when newly diagnosed women are treated with standard chemotherapy, followed by Herceptin.

"Studies have shown that HER2 positive breast cancer is aggressive.

“For the 30% of women who are diagnosed with this type of breast cancer, they feel like the clock is ticking and they are in a 'when' not 'if ' scenario," says Dr Blue.

It has been estimated that it would cost Pharmac $30 million to fund Herceptin.

“Pharmac needs to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of Herceptin. Early treatment will save lives and money by avoiding the need for expensive terminal care,” Dr Blue says.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Alastair Thompson: Are There TPLF Ethiopia Insurgency Training & Support Operations in Uganda?

Mystery Document Alleges:
Covert Operation has US/Egypt Support
Operations Coordinated between South Sudan, TPLF and Uganda
Planning began December 2021...


Gordon Campbell: On National’s Ongoing Problems With Abortion

Despite Christopher Luxon’s assurances to the contrary, there is no such thing as “settled law” in New Zealand. Apart from the six provisions that are constitutionally entrenched, legislation can always be amended or overturned by a simple majority vote within our single chamber of Parliament. Luxon’s repeated use of the term “settled law” has been particularly tone deaf, given that several of the US Supreme Court justices used that very same term during their confirmation hearings...


Government: New Zealand Secures Major Free Trade Deal With European Union
New Zealand and the European Union have concluded negotiations on a major free trade agreement (FTA), which unlocks access to one of the world’s biggest and most lucrative markets... More>>


Government: New Measures To Help Manage COVID-19 As Country Stays At Orange
The Government is taking action to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools and early childhood services, COVID-19 Response Minster Dr Ayesha Verrall and Associate Education Minister Jan Tinetti announced today... More>>

Prime Minister: Remarks At NATO Summit
It is a rare thing to have New Zealand represented at a NATO Summit. While we have worked together in theatres such as Afghanistan, and have been partners for just on a decade, today represents an important moment for our Pacific nation... More>>

Government: New Era For Better Health In Aotearoa New Zealand

The Government has today delivered a nationwide health system that will ensure better outcomes for all New Zealanders with the establishment of Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand... More>>

Greens: Alcohol Harm Minimisation Bill Pulled From Biscuit Tin

After years of research and advocacy, Parliament will finally consider legislation to take meaningful action on alcohol harm, says the Greens... More>>

Government: Wellington’s Rapid Transit Option Progresses To Next Stage
The Government is progressing a preferred option for LGWM which will see Wellington’s transport links strengthened with light rail from Wellington Station to Island Bay... More>>




InfoPages News Channels