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Australia’s Billion-Dollar Blind Spot | via #TheGlobalMail

Australia’s Billion-Dollar Blind Spot | The Global Mail.

<p>Fiona Katauskas</p>

Hey Wayne Swan, here’s a quick $300 million for you.

By Mike Seccombe

Two drugs, developed by the same company, are repeatedly found to be equally effective at treating the developed world’s most common cause of blindness.

In Australia, one costs $50 per treatment, the other $2,000.

What do we get? The cheaper alternative?

Or a campaign to scare doctors and patients away from the cheap drug and extract billions across the world in the process?

The story of why Australian taxpayers are footing a $300 million-per-year bill for one drug —  the biggest item on the PBS bill — while the vastly cheaper alternative is kept off-label.

Read more: Australia’s Billion-Dollar Blind Spot | The Global Mail.

About Darin Sullivan (1969 Articles)
President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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