New treatment for life-threatening lung disease
Mon 1 Mar 2004
A breakthrough drug, which could save hundreds of people from needing a heart-lung transplant, has been made freely available in Australia under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). According to doctors, patients eligible for the treatment are lining up in hospital clinics waiting for their first script in the hope it could completely reverse their rare, terminal condition.
In Australia, there are an estimated 300 to 400 people suffering from these forms of PAH in any one year. Without specific treatment like Tracleer, up to 100 of these patients would have died each year.
Source: National Nine News