Sunday, 16 September 2007

Chrons disease patients in Australia get help

Chrons disease in AustraliaHi all, just a short post on some good news for those people in Australia with Chrons disease, an inflammatory bowel condition (IBD):

You will soon be able to access government subsidised treatments \o/

From October 2007 the medication Remicade (infliximab) will be added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

The Australian Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott said Chrons disease has a profound impact on the professional, family and social life of sufferers.

Symptoms include fever, anorexia, fatigue and joint pain. (I wonder if they mean symptoms of the drug? Because I had very different symptons to this when I was first diagnosed with chrons disease!?)

"Those with active Chrons disease experience chronic abdominal pain, diarrhoea and bowel movements containing blood," Mr Abbott said in a statement. (ok, I now see! thats more like it!)

An estimates 2,000 people are expected to commence Remicade for the treatment of Crohn's disease in the first year of its listing.

The inclusion of Remicade to chrons disease sufferers to the PBS is estimated to cost $53.9 million over four years. (That is Australian Dollars)

Find books about living with Chrons disease: (in no particular order!)

USA: - New and second hand books in the USA
Canada: AbeBooks - Canadian sellers of books on Chrons Disease
Ireland: AbeBooks - Chrons Books for sale in Ireland
Australia: AbeBooks - yip, chrons books in Aus!
UK: - Books on Chrons disease in the UK

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