Cheaper Diabetes Med Available in Australia

According to Australia’s Federal Health Minister, the country has a very high rate of amputations due to uncontrolled diabetes. Beginning on September 1, a new type 2 diabetes medicine will be covered under the country’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)—hopefully improving medication compliance in people with the disease.

About 20,000 people will have access the treatment—Exanatide. This type 2 diabetes medication is administered once a week, rather than several times a day like conventional treatments and is considerably less expensive.

Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley also announced two additional medications—one for cervical cancer that has not responded to treatment, and one for a rare genetic condition called acromegaly. The goal is to make medications more affordable for people who need them.

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Sourced from: ABC News, New type 2 diabetes treatment 'easier, cheaper' option