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Patient advocacy group Myeloma New Zealand has joined forces with other patient groups to petition Parliament to approve funding for state-of-the-art cancer treatments for New Zealanders. Myeloma NZ is petitioning for funding for a suite of six life-extending treatments for multiple myeloma, a deadly, complex blood cancer of malignant plasma cells which is now the...
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Originally published on Te ao The Medavivors breast cancer survivors group today took another step towards gaining government funding for cancer treatments for suffering New Zealanders.  Breast cancer sufferer Wiki Maholland is as determined than ever to live her life on her own terms. The fight against cancer rages on for these survivors, who say they will...
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This story was originally published on RNZ A woman whose husband died of lung cancer last year is delivering a petition to parliament calling on the government to fund more lung cancer medications. Lung cancer is diagnosed in about 2200 New Zealanders a year and more than 1600 people die from it each year. Patricia...
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Originally published on Stuff For the past year Wiki Mulholland has been fighting to extend her life – and the lives of others with advanced breast cancer – petitioning for two life-prolonging drugs to be made cheaper. It’s been an uphill fight so far with neither Ibrance and Kadcyla funded by the government’s drug-buying agency, Pharmac. Her sister Racheal Tiuka said it was “inhumane” that a...
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Originally published on Newshub More people die in New Zealand of lung cancer than any other cancer. Ironically, it’s also the cancer with the most new, effective drugs available – the problem is they’re not funded here. More than 100 people have marched on Parliament, demanding life-extending drugs be funded for cancer patients. A three-minute...
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Originally published on te karere Hundreds of people marched to parliament today petitioning the government to fund life-extending drugs for cancer sufferers. According to political reporter Eruera Rerekura, protesters want to apply more pressure on the government after the health select committee decided not to carry out an independent review of Pharmac – the government’s...
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Originally published on RNZ People desperately seeking cancer treatment which could extend their lives by years, took their battle to increase Pharmac spending to Parliament today. Listen here
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Originally published on NZ Herald Deputy Prime Minister and New Zealand First leader Winston Peter has thrown his weight behind trialling a scheme that would allow people early access to new drugs to treat some conditions. Peters joined 16 other MPs from all parties on Parliament’s forecourt today to accept eight petitions from five cancer...
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Originally published on NZ Herald  Pharmac board chairman Steve Maharey is backing an early access scheme that would give patients access to new and emerging drugs faster. Maharey told the Herald that while Pharmac’s core business was sound, it was a model under stress. Pharmaceuticals and medical devices were changing with increasing speed and the migration of...
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This story was originally published on RNZ People desperately seeking cancer treatment which could extend their lives by years have called on politicians to increase Pharmac spending. About 100 cancer sufferers, their families and supporters took to Lambton Quay to deliver eight different petitions to parliament today. For many – including one solo dad with...
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