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MEDIA RELEASE DOCTOR CALLS ON MINISTER LITTLE TO RELEASE ‘BURIED’ INDEPENDENT REPORT ON PHARMAC The final report of the Independent Pharmac Review Panel has been sitting with Health Minister Andrew Little since February, with no reason offered for why it has not been released, says Myeloma NZ Chief Executive Dr Ken Romeril. “Given the damning...
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The Cancer Control Agency’s analysis of the gap between Australia and New Zealand in funding 18 selected medicines with substantial clinical benefit is a welcome way of drawing attention to the plight of NZ cancer patients desperate for treatments that are funded across the Tasman, but not here, says Myeloma NZ Chief Executive Dr Ken...
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This link here: Te Aho o Te Kahu – Cancer during COVID-19 contains information for patients and whānau with cancer. Cancer treatment continues at all phases of the Ministry of Health’s Omicron Response Plan.
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In a radio interview today, Health Minister Andrew Little said the final Pharmac Review report will be publicised “in a matter of a few weeks.”The Pharmac Review panel was expected to hand over the final report to Minister Little by 28 February 2022 – he received it last week.Click below to listen to the interview on...
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Last Thursday 24 February the ICBCC Policy Strategy Working Group met to discuss on the Policy Strategy to address the specific impact of the pandemic on immunocompromised blood cancer patients (both acute and chronic) in a workshop-style setting. The meeting was facilitated by our partner Patvocates. During the 2 hour workshop the group managed to define...
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The primary analysis of the ICARIA-MM study showed significant improvement in progression-free survival with addition of isatuximab to pomalidomide–dexamethasone in relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma. Here, we report a prespecified updated overall survival analysis at 24 months after the primary analysis. Methods In this randomised, multicentre, open-label, phase 3 study adult patients (aged ≥18 years) with relapsed...
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Isatuximab continues to show promise as a standard of care therapy for patients with multiple myeloma refractory to lenalidomide and proteasome inhibitors, according to a two-year, follow-up analysis of the ICARIA-MM study However the CD38-directed monoclonal antibody may find it difficult to make its mark in the Australian setting any time soon. The study, published...
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