drug access

16 petitions

Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Greg O'toole, Alex Best, The Hon. Greg Hunt, Sussan Ley MP, Professor Andrew Wilson

Make Soliris (Eculizumab) Available for Dialysis Patients with aHUS in Australia.

Those on dialysis with aHUS in Australia are in desperate need of your help and you can make a difference by signing this petition! Atypical hemolytic-uremic syndrome (aHUS) is an ultra-rare life-threatening blood disease that can damage major organs like the kidneys, heart, brain, and can even cause death.  Soliris (eculizumab) is the only approved drug that can save the lives of those with aHUS.  It is saving lives in the US, Spain, France, England, Germany, Russia, Argentina, Italy, and other countries.  On 12/1/2014 the Australian government made the decision to fund Soliris for a small number of aHUS patients who met “defined clinical criteria”.   This was great news for those who were new patients with active aHUS.  But those who had already lost their kidneys due to their aHUS,  and were on dialysis in need of a kidney transplant, have been denied funding.  Without access to Soliris, a transplanted kidney would suffer the same aHUS attack as their native kidneys.  A meeting was held in March 2016 by the PBAC to discuss funding Soliris for those patients needing a kidney transplant but the PBAC decided against it leaving these patients a life tied to the dialysis machine. Please sign this petition telling Sussan Ley MP, Minister of Health in Australia, and Professor Andrew Wilson, Chair of the PBAC, that they should immediately provide Soliris to those patients in Australia with aHUS who are on dialysis and in need of a kidney transplant.  These dialysis patients just want their lives back and you can help them.

Jeff Schmidt
46,322 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to Catherine King, PBAC Secretariat, NDSS, Sussan Ley, The Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Catherine King


Type one diabetes is not a lifestyle choice. You can't get it from eating too much sugar. It is an autoimmune disorder, caused when the body's own immune system attacks the pancreas, rendering it permanently unable to produce insulin. The above picture is of our 6 year old daughter, Violet- a newly diagnosed Type 1 Diabetic.   The is no cure. 80% of those diagnosed have no family history. Most are young children. It is a life sentence of endless needles, finger pricks and carb counting. Management of type one is intense, round the clock and vitally important. Blood sugar that is too low will cause disorientation, loss of consciousness, coma and, if unrecognised or untreated- death. Low blood sugar levels whilst sleeping are particularly dangerous and can also be fatal.Blood sugar that is too high has an immediate threat of DKA (blood that is too acidic) which is also life threatening. It is a fine line and a balancing act that diabetics walk every day to try to maintain normal blood sugar levels. For you and I, that is between 4-6 mmol/l. A diabetic can sway from 2-22mmol/l in a day, even when they actively manage their diabetes to the best of their ability. The long term effects of poorly managed levels are frightening and costly to the community- kidney failure, loss of extremities, eye problems, damage to blood vessels, and damage to just about every organ in the body. Even young type one diabetics without long term complications often require hospitalisation for common gastro and flu, also at great cost to the tax payer. In addition to illness, blood sugar levels are effected by exercise, hormones and even emotion. To say that blood sugar levels are unpredictable is a significant understatement. To better manage their diabetes, type one patients need comprehensive information about the way their body's blood glucose levels trend. The current recommendation (that is supported and funded by the Australian healthcare system) is for type one diabetics to check their blood sugar levels by conducting approximately 10 finger pricks a day (upon waking, before every snack or meal, before bed and at 2am). But this only provides 10 small snapshots, and does not allow the identification of blood sugar level trends. Continuous Glucose monitoring (CGM) is the perfect solution to many complications faced daily by type one diabetics. CGM is conducted by the wearing of a sensor (such as a Dexcom) that checks the blood sugar level every 5 minutes, 24 hours a day. It allows for trend identification, prevention of high and low blood sugar events, and is the best way to prevent hospitalisation for common illnesses, as it allows for better management and control at home. Better day to day management is the best prevention for long term complications. It also allows type one diabetics (and their families) to sleep at night, knowing they will be alerted by their CGM if their blood sugar is dangerously low - thus saving lives! The technology for CGM is available in Australia - for a price. Unfortunately, the Australian government does not support this technology, calling it a ' lifestyle choice', and it is not covered by the NDSS/ PBS or private health insurance. The out of pocket costs are prohibitive to Australian families (we pay approximately $108 per week for CGM, in addition to the other costs of diabetes management- insulin, consumables, insulin pumps, blood glucose meters, etc). Inclusion of CGM into the NDSS/ PBS will initially have a cost to the tax payer, yes. But the savings in avoided hospital stays and long term complications will be significant. Diabetics only make up 3% of the population, and type one make up 10% of these but treatment costs for long term complications are staggering- between $4500 and $9000+ per person per year. In addition to the financial and health implications just described, a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes also has a profound emotional impact on the entire family. As the parent of a newly diagnosed 6 year old child, I know firsthand of the shock, grief, fear and desperation of coming to terms with the diagnosis of a chronic medical condition that has the real possibility of shortening your child's lifespan by decades. CGM also provides type 1 diabetics and their families peace of mind. The ability to know with a glance at the Dexcom that your child is not going dangerously low during gymnastics class, dangerously high due to a failed/missed insulin dose. To know that your child WILL wake up the next morning! Please help support the inclusion of CGM on the NDSS/ PBS by signing this petition.

Erika Lutz
7,963 supporters
Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to The Therapeutic Goods Administration

Petition to stop the Reschedule of Codeine/Ibuprofen medicated products.

We the people of Australia wish to see NO changes made to the existing schedule for Codeine/Ibuprofen medicated products.  Any thought of changing this availability to the public of these type of medications for reasons of people abusing this medication is absolutely absurd, when you could be regulating the amount that can be bought of these drugs via real time monitoring in pharmacies instead, and we do not believe that all Australian's should have to be inconvenienced further when we need pain relief! Any change that would make these type of products become a "Prescription Only" product would have a serious impact financially on the Australian people (especially for low income earners who already can't afford to pay to see a doctor for REAL medical issues, and on top of that would cause more burden on the system and doctors with time spent in the GP's office just to get a script for these type of basic pain killers)... So in conclusion; please define the amount you consider to be "Overuse" and then monitor that for any possible overuse via a 'real time' monitoring system instead, and then offer to provide the people who possibly overuse with the help they need to get off the medication if they wish or assist them in seeking alternatives, rather than force the rest of the public (who have done nothing wrong) to have to pay more to get a basic pain killer to treat our illnesses & ailments!  Thank you. Yours Faithfully, The Australia People.  

Chris McNamara
452 supporters
Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to Sussan Ley.

Fairer outcomes for the Disability Support Pension to be granted to Fibromyalgia Sufferers

Please support Fibromyalgia Sufferers to be granted a fairer and more positive outcome in applying for the DSP (Disability Support Pension). Fibromyalgia sufferers endure severe and debilitating widespread chronic pain, chronic fatigue and up to, or surpassing 50 plus health symptoms associated directly to Fibromyalgia. These symptoms impact their daily lives significantly. Fibromyalgia is an insidious and debilitating illness. The direct cause is yet unknown as is the treatment for Fibromyalgia as the majority of sufferers are unresponsive to pain medications/relief and therapies. Fibromyalgia can and does affect tens of thousands of Aussie's and millions world wide. People who are diagnosed with Fibromyalgia need to be granted a fairer outcome when applying for the DSP Disibility Support Pension without having to go through the often degrading experiences of feeling disbelieved because Fibromyalgia looks like an invisible illness to those who oversee the decision making process. The process needs to be easier and the outcome positive and practical for the many people who need this assistance. Women are mostly affected by Fibromyalgia but so are Men and Children. Many have already or are close to losing their livelihood, income, homes, family, friends, self esteem and are isolated by Fibromyalgia, some people are already talking about having to live in their cars and have already lost too much. Sadly there are People with Fibromyalgia who suicide as a way out of their pain and a solution to having lost their livelihood, family, friends, homes. The ability to function normally is high with Fibromyalgia, many who struggle and who have lost significant mobility to perform normal daily tasks such as walking, showering, dressing, moving, getting out of bed, functioning at a level of capacity that is ok. Ask a Fibromyalgia sufferer what they would prefer? Sufferers would unanimously cry out that they choose the LIFE they had prior to Fibromyalgia they would unequivocally chose to work, walk, shower, dress, move, function, be an active person, parent, partner and community member than to be on no income or a limited income which affects not only themselves but their families and their basic level of living. To lose your health and suffer in such debilitating pain and fatigue, then be told you don't qualify for Disibility support pension is a death knell to many Fibromyalgia sufferers, they have no hope or support. Qualifying more easily for DSP won't help to alleviate the physical pain from Fibromyalgia per say. What it will do is help with the emotional and daily hardships faced by sufferers unable to cope without financial assistance or means of support. The Distress of the process for application of the DSP includes the communication a Fibromyalgia sufferer has with their own Doctors to write the appropriate words in their diagnose to satisfy the assessor for Centrelink. This is one reason that causes Fibromyalgia sufferers to be denied the DSP. The line of ambiguity that exists is difficult for many medical professionals and the Patient to navigate? Many people are too ill, tired or isolated and can't or don't know how to advocate for themselves in this situation. This type of emotional distress can and does induce extreme flares ontop of the already debilitating full body pain that most experience. I suffer with Fibromyalgia, in understanding of the pain, suffering and loss which is too much, I am asking you to sign this petition on behalf of all those who feel they do not have a voice, are isolated, lonely, destitute and feel hopelessness. Please accept my advanced Gratitude for signing, Thankyou.

Anita Moore
4,701 supporters