Herceptin debate reignited by funding decision

There has been extensive coverage of Pharmac’s decision released yesterday to maintain funding of the breast cancer drug trial at nine weeks rather than 12 months.

TVNZ:Herceptin could become election issue

New Zealand Herald: Women’s groups split on Herceptin decision

The DominionPost: Herceptin now ‘an election issue’

Stuff: Messages flood in for ‘Herceptin heroine’

TV3: Pharmac says Herceptin debate not clear cut

Newstalk ZB: ACT blames economy for Herceptin decision

NZ Doctor: Herceptin decision disappoints GP

Wairarapa Times Age: Herceptin treatment going well

Other resources:

A backgrounder on Herceptin from the US National Cancer Institute

2007 critical appraisal of Herceptin trials (New Zealand)

Pharmac Q&A on Herceptin available on the Pharmac website: