JMR with Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt

From 1 December 2021, Australians with a rare and potentially deadly condition, hereditary angioedema will be able to obtain potentially life changing medication through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

The Morrison Government is listing Takhzyro® (lanadelumab) on the PBS for the first time for patients with hereditary angioedema.

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson welcomed the December PBS listings and said many Australians and their families in our local community will be able to access these treatments, reducing their out of pocket costs.

“Our Government has always been committed to ensuring Australians can access the medicines and treatments and our track record with the PBS is reducing medical bills for families,” Senator Henderson said.

“The Morrison Government’s commitment to ensuring Australians can access affordable medicines, when they need them, remains rock solid.”

Hereditary angioedema is a rare, chronic genetic condition occurring in around 1 in 50,000 people. It results from a defect in the gene that controls a blood protein called C1-Inhibitor. This leads to higher levels of a substance called bradykinin in the bloodstream, which causes symptoms such as swelling and pain.

Most patients experience their first attack during childhood or adolescence. Symptoms include episodes of oedema (swelling) in various body parts including the hands, feet, face and airway. Swelling in the intestinal wall causes severe abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, while airway swelling is particularly dangerous and can lead to death by suffocation.

Takhzyro® helps to reduce the amount of bradykinin in the bloodstream and prevents symptoms associated with hereditary angioedema.

Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said this new listing will benefit more than 100 Australians each year.

“Without this PBS subsidy, Australian patients are paying around $241,000 per year for this treatment. From 1 December, they’ll pay $41.30 per script or $6.60 with a concession card,” Minister Hunt said.

“Since 2013, the Coalition Government had approved more than 2,700 new or amended listings on the PBS. This represents an average of around 30 listings or amendments per month – or one each day – at an overall investment by the Government of $13.9 billion.”

The PBS listing of lanadelumab was recommended by the independent Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.

23 November 2021