Keane’s tweet was prompted by this news story regarding the opinions of George Christensen, Federal MP for Dawson.
the Member for Dawson said priority should be given to other drugs, particularly those that helped cancer patients and extended the lives of people who were sick.
“I simply don’t understand why this particular drug would find its way to the head of the queue before those drugs,” Mr Christensen told the Daily Mercury.
For those of us with a smidge of oncological knowledge, Christensen’s argument that cancer-treating/life-extending drugs should be given precedence over RU-486 in being added to the PBS is particularly whargarrbling, because RU-486/mifepristone is a cancer-treating/life-extending drug, and previously the Howard-era-originating import restrictions made sourcing for mifepristone to treat progesterone-sensitive tumours so difficult that many patients have died prematurely while awaiting treatment.
Shame that the journalist reporting Christensen’s objections didn’t know enough background on RU-486 to mention its other medical uses in the Mercury article.