PCPA in the news – Patient groups, clinicians and industry challenge the status quo at rare diseases inquiry hearing


Health Industry Hub 1 February 2024

Pharma News: The Senate Community Affairs References Committee, chaired by Green’s Senator Janet Rice, held a public hearing in Sydney yesterday, spearheading an Opposition-led inquiry into equitable access to diagnosis and treatment for individuals with rare and less common cancers.

Addressing the committee, Associate Professor Christopher Steer, President of Private Cancer Physicians of Australia, emphasised “We need to end the cancer lottery where a patient with a particular diagnosis can get support for their treatment whereas another is denied … because their cancer is of the wrong type.”

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