More than 1000 New Zealand cancer patients a year are missing out on gold-standard cancer drugs readily available in Australia, RNZ reveals. Cancer Control Agency Te Aho o te Kahu found there were 18 medicines with significant and substantial benefits that New Zealanders did not have access to. Oncologist and a clinical advisor on the report Chris Jackson said it proved New Zealand had a poor level of access to cancer drugs. “The current situation is, in my view, cruel and I’d really like to see us make some progress on that,” he said.

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