5 Nov 2015

Action demanded over 'obscene' drug prices

From Checkpoint, 5:50 pm on 5 November 2015

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A New Zealand leader in the global search for drugs to cure cancer says it's unacceptable that the prices for new drugs are so sky high.

Bill Wilson, from the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, says if effective treatments can only be for the wealthy, that's obscene.

Professor Wilson says one new drug - pembrolizumab - may be able to cure some cancers in many patients, but it's so expensive patients will have to wait a very long time to get it.

He talks to Karen Brown about the effects increasing drug prices are having on cancer treatment and research.