Roscommon woman vows to fight on to access Pembro cancer drug

A Roscommon woman, who is battling cervical cancer, has vowed not to give up the fight to allow access to an experimental drug treatment.

Tracey Brennan and a number of other women, including Vicky Phelan, visited the Dail last night to hear from government advisors and senior officials from the HSE about government plans to fund the drug for a certain number of women.

Minister Simon Harris was not able to meet the group, as he was caught up in the final debate before the passage of the abortion legislation.

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However, in a statement a statement Shannonside FM from the Department of Health, it is claimed that the Minister for Health has now asked the Medicines Management Programme to ask what measures can be put in place to expand access to Pembro to all clinically suitable women with cervical cancer.

It hoped that an announcement on the provision of the drug can be made in the New Year and that the thirty-to-fifty women who are able to be treated by Pembro will be able to access the drug.

Speaking on the Joe Finnegan show, the Fourmilehouse woman explained that she will not give up the fight for the drug