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Subsidised use of methylnaltrexone in Australia for palliative care

Debra S Rowett, Katherine Clark, Maxine K Robinson and David C Currow
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (9): 492. || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11398
Published online: 5 November 2012

To the Editor: Methylnaltrexone is a peripheral opioid antagonist registered for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation (OIC) on the basis of quality Phase III studies.1 Monitoring uptake of a new medication such as methylnaltrexone after it has been listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) is crucial to understanding how such medications can be best used in routine clinical practice.

  • Debra S Rowett1
  • Katherine Clark2
  • Maxine K Robinson3
  • David C Currow4

  • 1 Repatriation General Hospital, Adelaide, SA.
  • 2 Calvary Mater Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW.
  • 3 Pharmaceutical Evaluation Branch, Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra, ACT.
  • 4 Flinders University, Adelaide, SA.


Competing interests:

Debra Rowett is a member of the Drug Utilisation Sub-Committee of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.

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