Ribociclib now available in Australia

I saw yesterday that Ribociclib is now available in Australia:
https://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/11/02/18/13/breast-cancer-drug-ribociclib-australia

This is a drug that is similar to palbociclib. Although it's not on the PBS either, I wonder whether the fact that there are now 2 options available from different companies that this will bring the cost down a bit. One can only hope!!

Also I believe that ribociclib is available by Novartis through compassionate access for newly diagnosed women that have not been yet treated with chemotherapy for their metastatic breast cancer.  

Comments

  • Jude_MJude_M Member Posts: 55
    Yes @scientist I saw that news yesterday too - it would be great if competition between the two companies brings the price down. (And hopefully leads to PBS listings.)  
    I believe the access scheme for ribociclib is (unfortunately) only for people who have had less than one month's treatment with letrozole or anastrozole following their MBC diagnosis (as well as no chemo).
    I'm grateful that BCNA is so active in advocating for PBS listings - let's hope that it happens soon!
  • Tilly45Tilly45 Member Posts: 10
    I'm about to start on ribociclib. I've been selected to take it under the company's compassionate offer so feeling great relief that I won't have to pay. Wondering if anyone is on it? Would like to find out more regarding side affects? My cancer is also in my liver, I would love to hear from someone else that might have a similar diagnosis. 
  • iserbrowniserbrown Member Posts: 1,643
    What a wonderful thing! 
  • Tilly45Tilly45 Member Posts: 10
    Yes, we are feeling very fortunate.
  • Jude_MJude_M Member Posts: 55
    @Tilly45 that's great that you will be able to access ribociclib. Overseas data seems to indicate good results with minimal side effects, so fingers crossed for you!  Good luck, please keep us posted. xx
  • Tilly45Tilly45 Member Posts: 10
    Thank you, I will.
    xx

  • CLouiseCLouise Member Posts: 5
    Hi tilly45
    Ive been on ribociclib for several months now (on compassionate grounds) and doing really well apart from neutropenia....i feel very blessed to be on it as they are having great results in the states with it.....cheers
    Claire
  • Tilly45Tilly45 Member Posts: 10
    Hi Claire
    that's great news. I'm still waiting to start so hoping things go as well as they are for you.
    Thanks
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