Leukaemia and lymphoma patients to benefit as drug is added to PBS

Lyne MP David Gillespie: The $466 million listing on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme will save eligible leukaemia and lymphoma patients.
Lyne MP David Gillespie: The $466 million listing on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme will save eligible leukaemia and lymphoma patients.

Hundreds of families will soon benefit from access to affordable new medicine for leukaemia and lymphoma patients.

Ibrutinib (sold as Imbruvica®) would normally cost $187,390 on average per course of treatment, putting it beyond the reach of most patients.

This $466 million listing on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme will not just save patients hundreds of thousands of dollars but it will also change lives.

From 1 December 2017, it will cost a maximum of $38.80 per treatment and just $6.30 for concessional patients.

It will be available to eligible patients with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukaemia or small lymphocytic lymphoma.

Part-pensioners get back concession cards

Former part-pensioners across the Mid North Coast will have their Pensioner Concession Card reinstated from this week.

In reinstating the cards, the Coalition Government is ensuring that nearly a thousand former part-pensioners across our region will again be able to access benefits, including discounted council rates and public transport.

The Pensioner Concession Card will be automatically reinstated from this week commencing Monday, October 9, and it’s expected that all those eligible will have their card within the next fortnight.

Armistice centenary commemoration grants

Next year we will pause and reflect upon the 100 th anniversary of the end of the First World War and the Coalition Government is providing $50,000 in grant funding for local community commemorations.

I strongly encourage groups across the Mid North Coast to apply for funding under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program to mark this important milestone in Australia’s History.

Expressions of interest can be lodged by visiting http://www.davidgillespie.com.au/armistice-centenary-grants-program.

More information is also available at www.dva.gov.au or by calling 1800 555 254.