30 Jul 2008

Extra funding urged for breast cancer drug

12:55 pm on 30 July 2008

The National Party says the Government should give district health boards the extra money they need to fund 12 months of the breast cancer drug, Herceptin.

The State drug-buying agency Pharmac is meeting in Wellington on Wednesday to reconsider a decision to subsidise treatment with the drug for only nine weeks.

Associate health spokesperson Jackie Blue says a National-led Government would find the money to extend treatment with Herceptin.

Dr Blue says the supplier of Herceptin, Roche, has slashed the cost of the drug under a longer treatment plan.