Echoes of Bernie Banton: Mesothelioma patients seek PBS listing

Eight years after Bernie Banton’s famous stoush with Tony Abbott over access to a drug for mesothelioma, patients are again fighting to gain a PBS listing for a breakthrough drug.

In 2007 Banton was seeking PBS access to pemetrexed (Alimta) for asbestos-related mesothelioma.

Now mesothelioma patients are seeking access to the drug pembrolizumab (Keytruda), an immunotherapy drug that is PBS-listed for melanoma, but not for the 1000 Australian patients who develop