Govt firm on chemo drug price drop

The powerful Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the Australian Private Hospitals Association have argued that the lower prices to be paid for docetaxel from December could result in some hospitals shutting down their chemotherapy services.

But Health Minister Tanya Plibersek has insisted patients won’t miss out because chemists and hospitals can’t charge more for medicines listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

"The government is happy to continue to talk to pharmacists about the cost of delivering chemo