Fund cancer drug avastin in PEI

We are writing this petition to draw attention to the serious problem of P.E.I.'s lack of funding for the cancer drug Avastin. The cancer patients on your island are currently denied access to the targeted cancer treatment that has become a world standard of care. The government of P.E.I. is not funding Avastin, an innovative biological therapy that can prolong lives and even offer a cure for some patients following surgery. WE feel that it is unfair that all the other provincial governments have found the money in their budgets to fund Avastin, and that P.E.I. is the only province to withhold funding from these cancer patients. It has been more than three years since Health Canada approved Avastin and it is essential that P.E.I. physicians be able to ensure their patients who are fighting metastatic colorectal cancer can access this medication. Many of your citizens can't complete their full treatment for lack of funds. The P.E.I. government is turning its back on the most vulnerable. Cancer patients are forced to fight a financial battle as well as face a life-threatening disease. According to the P.E.I. minister of Health, it will only require $600,000 per year to cover all Island cancer patients that need the drug. We ask that PEI fund this drug immediately.

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