PHARMAC announces new breast cancer medicines funding

PHARMAC has announced it will go out for funding proposals for fulvestrant (Faslodex) for breast cancer. PHARMAC also called for tenders for a CDK 4/6 inhibitor (palbociclib (Ibrance) or ribociclib (Kisqali)). Both are needed to extend the lives of women with advanced hormone-receptor (HR) positive HER2 negative breast cancer; 61% of women have this subtype of breast cancer and could benefit from these medicines.

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Tauranga women fighting cancer, and fighting the system

Sue Wall-Cade and Tracy Barr-Smith are among the leaders of a push for better treatment for women with advanced breast cancer, also known as Stage 4 breast cancer. They want better drugs and a review of PHARMAC.

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