Entries by Jenny

Leukaemia Foundation’s February 2020 MPN News now available

The Leukaemia Foundation puts out a regular MPN Newsletter for MPN patients and their families and carers. It is a very informative read and can be accessed HERE. And don’t forget the upcoming MPN support group in Brisbane on 14 March run by the Leukaemia Foundation.

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Easy new way for Australians to register to become a bone marrow donor

An exciting new change has occurred to the way Australians can register to become blood stem cell donors. A simple cheek swab is now all you need to do to register through the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry’s ‘Strength to Give’ campaign. For a small number of  MPN patients, the only possibility of prolonging survival […]

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Call for PBAC submissions to make Jakavi available for PV patients

Novartis is proposing to the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee that Jakavi (ruxolitinib) be made available on the PBS for patients with polycythemia vera (PV). Currently Jakavi is on the PBS for patients with myelofibrosis in certain circumstances. The use of Jakavi by Novartis is proposed for PV patients in certain circumstances – that is, […]

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New class of drugs being developed for treatment of polycythaemia vera

An update on the progress with these newly developed drugs is provided by Associate Professor David Ross, Consultant Haematologist at Royal Adelaide Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide ———————————————————————————— Treatment options for polycythaemia vera (PV) are limited at present. Hydroxyurea, a mild chemotherapy tablet, is the most widely used drug treatment in Australia, although the use […]

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