Medicine Subsidy for Sufferers of Chronic Nerve Pain
Around 270,000 Australians will benefit from a medicine used to treat chronic nerve pain, which will be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
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16 November 2012
Around 270,000 Australians will benefit from a medicine used to treat chronic nerve pain, which will be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
Health Minister Tanya Plibersek today announced the Gillard Government’s decision to subsidise the medicine pregabalin (LyricaŽ) through the PBS at a cost of $447 million over five years.
“This listing will be a great relief to hundreds of thousands of Australians who suffer from chronic nerve pain,” said Ms Plibersek.
“Sufferers of chronic nerve pain complain of a severe burning, shooting pain, like an electric shock. It can be so debilitating that it affects people’s capacity to work and go about their daily lives.”
Ms Plibersek said pregabalin was the first PBS listing specifically for this condition, which has a variety of causes and symptoms, and which can be difficult to treat.
“The medicine provides an alternative treatment to opioid medications, which can have significant side effects, and are considered a last resort.”
The listing comes on top of new and extended listings for 10 medicines announced on 24 October, and is in addition to 100 new medicines or extensions to medicines that the Government approved last financial year at a cost of $546 million over five years.
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