Dec 8, 2014 03:33PM - edited Dec 8, 2014 03:46PM by leggo
I don't know if it'll make you feel any better, but it's the same in Canada. We have access, but the stipulations for it's use are ridiculous. The list is like 20 bullet points long. The one that struck me as particularly insane for perjeta is "had not received prior chemotherapy agent for metastatic or recurrent breast cancer". Is there really anybody out there that hasn't received prior treatment as of 2013, when it became available for use? Nuts. I suspect the 16k price tag has something to do with it. Cost vs. Benefit had to be taken into account. I suspect New Zealand is similar...you can get it, but you're going to have to pay for it.