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Australia Ministry Under Fire From Critics Delays Chemo Cutbacks

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Australia is postponing for two months plans to cut the national budget by $30 million a year by changing the way it covers chemotherapy for private cancer patients. The change, which involves limiting government payment only to the exact dose of a chemotherapy drug, was to take effect in July, but because of harsh criticism that the change could jeopardize patient treatment, the Health Ministry has delayed the effective date. The change was intended to reduce alleged wastage of intravenous chemotherapy drugs. (Click here for more
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