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Ontario Health Minister Won’t Help Mom Get Breast-Cancer Drug

Posted by on Mar 9, 2011 in Health | 0 comments

LISA PRIEST AND KAREN HOWLETT

Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Mar. 09, 201

Ontario’s Health Minister rejected calls to help a young mother obtain a costly breast cancer drug, saying she would be abusing her position if she got involved.

“It would be inappropriate, and probably illegal, for me actually to abuse my position to fight for drugs to be covered,” Deb Matthews told reporters Tuesday.

She was commenting on the case of Jill Anzarut, a 35-year-old mother of two young children, who was told she is ineligible to receive the drug Herceptin, which costs about $40,000, because her tumour, at 0.5 centimetres, was deemed too small.  READ MORE

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