Pembro announcement welcome

23 January 2019

Labour Party Health spokesperson Alan Kelly TD has welcomed news that costs associated with the drug Pembro for cervical cancer patients will now be funded by the State.

Deputy Kelly said:

“I am delighted that Minister Harris has finally sanctioned that the State will foot the bill for cervical cancer patients who are able to take the drug Pembro. 

“This announcement today has been a long time coming for women with cervical cancer. We had a situation where women who were at the centre of the Cervical Check Scandal were getting the Pembro treatment for free but other women with cervical cancer were paying on affordable amounts for this treatment.

“Working with women like Vicky Phelan, Áine Morgan and Tracey Brennan I brought the inequity of the provision of Pembro to the Minister for Health’s attention. I’m glad the minister has now ended the uncertainty around making the job available.

“It is timely that this announcement has been made during cervical cancer awareness week. While there are many steps to be taken when it comes to cervical cancer prevention and dealing with the continued fall out from the CervicalCheck scandal making Pembro available will mean so much to many women and their families.”

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