Hunt Adds Several New Treatments to PBS | Blue Mountain Gazette
Medical experts have praised the federal government’s decision to list a new treatment in the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, which lowers cholesterol levels and may reduce the risk of heart attack from stroke.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said more than 20,000 Australians would have access to Praluent, a treatment for people with high cholesterol, which causes abnormally high levels of cholesterol in the blood.
It would normally cost around $ 6,500 per year for this treatment.
Associate Professor James Shaw, a cardiologist at Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, said that despite treatment with cholesterol-lowering drugs, almost half of all high-risk cardiovascular patients in the care of general practitioners do not reach the recommended cholesterol goals.
“This is why the PBS list of supplemental cholesterol lowering therapy is highly regarded,” he said.
Another PBS list from August 1 will allow patients with spinal muscular atrophy types 1, 2 or 3a aged 18 or under subsidized access to Evrysdi for the first time.
Treatment comes in oral form and is a less invasive treatment option for patients compared to spinal injections, and may also reduce the frequency of visits to specialty hospitals.
“Without the PBS grant, around 100 Australians a year will pay more than $ 123,000 for treatment,” Mr Hunt said.
Ajovy is also listed, which is available for Australians with chronic migraine.
About 10,000 people would pay about $ 6,700 per year for this new treatment.
Neurologist and Associate Professor Susan Tomlinson says the response to migraine treatments varies from individual to individual.
“The good news is that today’s AJOVY list offers an additional option for Australians who have yet to optimally manage this debilitating and complex neurological disease,” she said.
“Emotional stress and lifestyle changes can worsen the clinical course of migraine, and it is recognized that COVID-19 could add to the already significant migraine burden in Australia.”
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