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Medicine prices fall for half a million Australians

KARL STEFANOVIC

Medicines helping treat debilitating illnesses will be cheaper for more than 500,000 Australians after they are added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

The treatments for lung cancer, leukaemia, seizures or nerve pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea and high cholesterol levels will be listed on the PBS tomorrow.

Lung cancer medications that are worth $11,400 per script will be lowered to $40.30 per script and $6.50 for patients with a concession card.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt tells Karl Stefanovic the price reduction for nausea medication will help patients get through chemotherapy.

“Patients who might literally decide ‘I just can’t face the chemotherapy’ will be more likely to have the chemotherapy or they’ll have a far better, more benign, experience with chemotherapy.

“This makes a massive difference.”

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KARL STEFANOVIC
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