Daily Archives: December 29, 2017

Two cancer-fighting medicines listed on the PBS and now accessible to Australians



Cost of two ‘life-changing’ cancer medicines slashed by over $100k

Esther Han

Hundreds of Australians will benefit from affordable access to the two medicines from January 1, 2018. 

Medications that can inhibit the growth of two “catastrophic cancers” will next week be made available to Australians at a tiny fraction of the original price.

Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced the listing of cancer medicines alectinib (brand name Alecensa) and carfilzomib (brand name Kyprolis), whose manufacturers usually command more than $100,000 per court of treatment.

Listing these medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme means that  from January 1, patients will pay only a maximum of $39.50 per script, with concessional patients paying just $6.40.

“In other words, drugs which are life-changing were impossible to be paid for by most people, now they’ll be in the reach of everybody who needs them,” said Mr Hunt.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said the move brings the drugs into the reach of those who have a desperate need. Photo: Jesse Marlow

From Monday, patients with a form of non-small cell lung cancer that is caused by an abnormal gene will be able to access alectinib, which works by targeting and blocking receptors found on the cancer cells.

In some cancers, these receptors are overactive, causing cells to grow and divide too fast. This medication inhibits these receptors to slow or stop tumour growth.

About 250 eligible patients each year will benefit from the listing of alectinib, which would otherwise cost around $188,430 per course of treatment.

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In addition, patients with relapsed refractory multiple myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells, will be able to afford carfilzomib, which works by inhibiting the growth of cancer cells and helps boost survival rates.

Multiple myeloma can prevent healthy plasma cells from working properly, making the bones weaker and leading to the spread of tumours in the bones.

Since multiple myeloma does not have a cure, most patients with multiple myeloma will relapse.

About 550 patients are expected to benefit each year. Normally patients would pay around $138,800 per course of treatment.

“Ultimately, this is medical science being translated to the reach of every Australian who needs it, and what we’re doing is we’re investing $300 million,” said Mr Hunt.

“We’re bringing these drugs into the reach of those who have a desperate need and without this help they simply wouldn’t be able to afford it.”

Esther Han

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For Jerusalem!: Watch :  “Nikki Haley: „Vom ține minte acest vot!”” on YouTube

Nu vi se pare că Nikki Haley este prezidențală?

Discursul ambasadorului SUA Nikki Haley după rezoluția ONU care condamna decizia SUA de a recunoaște Ierusalimul drept capitală a Isaelului și de a muta ambasada de la Tel Aviv în capitală.

„Statele Unite își vor aminti de această zi în care au fost ținta unui atac în această Adunare Generală pentru însăși faptul de a ne fi exercitat dreptul de națiune suverană. (…)

America va muta ambasada în Ierusalim. Este ceea ce poporul american vrea să facem. Și este și drept să facem așa.
Niciun vot la Națiunile Unite nu va schimba ceva.
Dar acest vot va schimba felul în care americanii se raportează la ONU și în felul în care noi vom privi acele țări care au arătat lipsă de respect față de noi la ONU.

Și vom ține minte acest vot.”

Our President…is a true American!

Today’s Holiday:Fiesta of the Black St. Benito

Today’s Holiday:
Fiesta of the Black St. Benito

This fiesta is celebrated by a number of locales in the state of Zulia, Venezuela, and is especially popular in Bobures. After early morning mass, the chimbángueles, or vassals of the saint, put St. Benito’s statue on a litter and surround it with flowers. They then carry it through the streets while performing an unusual bouncing kind of dance, in which they continually move forward and backward to the accompaniment of seven drums. Throughout the long procession, St. Benito’s image is sprinkled with perfumes and presented with drinks of homemade whiskey. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday:Carmen Sylva (1843)

Today’s Birthday:
Carmen Sylva (1843)

In 1869, Elisabeth of Wied, the daughter of a German prince, married the future king of Romania, Carol I. An artistic and imaginative queen consort, she wrote prolifically—in four languages—under the pseudonym Carmen Sylva. She composed poetry, plays, novels, and essays, at times collaborating with her lady-in-waiting. Her 1882 collection of witty aphorisms won a French literary award. Despite knowing it was illegal, she is said to have encouraged her nephew—the heir to the throne—to do what? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History:WWII: Germans Firebomb the City of London (1940)

This Day in History:
WWII: Germans Firebomb the City of London (1940)

By the end of the Blitz—Germany’s eight-month nighttime bombing campaign in Britain—tens of thousands of people were dead and millions of homes lay in ruins. For about a two-month period, the country faced nightly attacks. One of the worst raids occurred on December 29, when much of London—including such historic landmarks as St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Guildhall—was destroyed or damaged by bombs and the fires they started. How many children were evacuated to the countryside during the Blitz? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:Rene Descartes

Quote of the Day:
Rene Descartes

There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day:Ragweed

Article of the Day:

Ragweeds are flowering plants of the genus Ambrosia, most of which are native to America. The pollen of the weedy herbs is recognized as the primary cause of hay fever in eastern and middle North America. Its effects are exacerbated by the fact that ragweeds—which are anemophilous, or wind-pollinated—are each thought to be able to produce about one billion grains of pollen in a single season. For what other reasons is ragweed so difficult to eradicate? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day:living the dream

Idiom of the Day:
living the dream

Leading an extremely ideal life, especially in relation to one’s career. (Sometimes said ironically to mean the opposite.) Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:hobgoblin

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) An object or a source of fear, dread, or harassment.
Synonyms: bugbear
Usage: But this encompassment of her own characterization … was a sorry and mistaken creation of Tess’s fancy—a cloud of moral hobgoblins by which she was terrified without reason.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch