Australia cuts cancer drug price from $150,000 to $30.17Staff Writer | October 9, 2017
Australian cancer patients will be saved hundreds of thousands of dollars after the government announced it would subsidize a new lifesaving medication.
Cost of health Lifesaving cancer medication to be subsidized
A full course of Imbruvica can cost up to $150,000 but under the PBS a prescription will cost $30.17.
"This life-changing treatment has been out of reach for many patients - that will all now change," Turnbull said at a press conference on Monday.
"Affordable access to Ibrutinib will change and save lives.
"It is a reminder of how keenly focused we are in the fight against cancer."
More than 1,500 Australians are diagnosed with CLL every year making it the most common type of leukaemia.
The drug will also be available to patients suffering from small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL). ■