Medicines

Cancer drugs to come under scrutiny

Tuesday, 18 Jul 2017


The Drug Utilisation Sub-Committee of the PBAC has flagged several cancer drugs for review at its next meeting.

The committee says it will look at predicted versus actual use for:

  • Lenalidomide for myelodysplastic syndrome;
  • Paclitaxel, nanoparticle albumin-bound, for metastatic adenocarcinoma of the pancreas;
  • Eculizumab for atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS); and
  • Sunitinib and everolimus for metastatic or unresectable, well-differentiated malignant pancreatic neuroendocrine tumour (pNET).

Under the remit of an ‘analysis of multiple medicines in a treatment area’ they will also look at  thalidomide, bortezomib, lenalidomide and pomalidomide for multiple myeloma  and bevacizumab, cetuximab and panitumumab for metastatic colorectal cancer.

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