‘Revolutionary’ cancer treatment used by AFL’s Jarryd Roughead listed on PBS

Source: 9News, July 2017

Cancer treatments rarely come cheap or easy.

But patients with advanced lung and kidney tumours or melanoma now have more of a fighting chance.

Touted as a ‘miracle drug’, the immunotherapy medication “Opdivo” has just been listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

The Federal Health Minister made the announcement, explaining that the PBS listing slashes the price from around $5000 a dose to less than $40.

It will cost the Commonwealth around a billion dollars – but Minister Greg Hunt said it was worth every cent.

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