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PBAC recommends doctors more free to use docetaxel. New possibility for a few men.


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Jim Marshall (not a doctor) said ...

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) has recommended that most common chemotherapy drug for prostate cancer, Taxotere (docetaxel) be more easily available to doctors.


If this recommendation is accepted by the government doctors will be able to use it when they think it is warranted using their professional judgement, without having to meet the specific rules that now apply.


This would allow doctors to use docetaxel before prostate cancer becomes castrate resistant.


A posting for Bruce Kynaston on this use will follow shortly.


... end Jim


DOCETAXEL, all forms, all strengths, all brands, 


Pharmaceutical Evaluation Branch, Department of Health on behalf of

Actavis Pty Ltd, Hospira Pty Ltd, Sandoz Pty Ltd, Sanofi-Aventis Australia Pty Ltd and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (Australia) Pty Ltd


Change to listing


(Minor submission)
Anti-cancer drug
The Department requested the PBAC consider changing the listings for docetaxel and paclitaxel from Authority required (STREAMLINED) listings to unrestricted benefit listings for all indications following the substantial price reductions that these drugs have been subject to since the PBAC’s original recommendations for listing.
The PBAC recommended amending the existing listings for all docetaxel and paclitaxel products from Authority required (STREAMLINED) listings to unrestricted benefit listings.

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