Breast cancer patients in New Zealand plan march to plea for drug funding

Patients with advanced breast cancer and their families and friends are planning a march on New Zealand’s Parliament to ask Pharmac, an area pharmaceutical company, to fund two drugs they say could potentially provide some relief.

The two drugs in question, palbociclib and T-DM1, are only available in New Zealand “privately and at significant cost,” according to a report from Stuff Limited. The marchers will be delivering petitions that ask for both to be funded

“All I want is time,” Nicki Ball, an advanced breast cancer patient, told Stuff Limited. “It doesn't mean that I'm dying right now...It's just my horizon is sitting right at the tip of my toes. You guys just pretend it's not there.”

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