The future of fetal growth is very much up in the air in Australia.
As a result, the Government has released a list of the best-performing and most innovative medicines in Australia for fetal growth.
The list is based on patient-specific data on the growth response and health outcomes of the patients who received them.
The Government also released a statement saying it will consider funding a range of fetal and paediatric drugs for the growing population.
A few of the promising new drugs in this list include: Vaccines for fetal infections and tumours.
Tuberculin for tumours and infections.
Nepril for paediatric disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and respiratory tract.
Cortisol for hypertension and heart failure.
Leprosyn is a compound that can be used in combination with other drugs to help treat chronic inflammation.
This list does not include all the promising medicines in the list, but they have all been proven to work well in patients with a range, from mild to severe.
So, what are some of the new drugs we should be looking at?
As well as the promising drugs, there are also a range which the Government is exploring in a more controlled manner, including: Percutaneous injections: This is a new drug that uses a needle to inject into the body a compound which, in some cases, can be useful for treating some forms of cancer.
It’s been used in humans to treat cancer, osteoarthritis and arthritis.
Pulse therapy: It uses a pacemaker to activate blood vessels in the body and to pump blood to the heart, which then delivers oxygenated blood to muscles and bones.
These treatments can help reduce blood pressure, improve blood flow and reduce symptoms of heart disease.
Blood pressure medications: These drugs use an artificial blood pressure.
They are sometimes used in the management of diabetes, but also in people with coronary artery disease, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and more.
Insulin injections:This new drug is injected into the pancreas.
Its an artificial insulin, which is used to help manage high blood sugar levels.
It can also be used to control obesity, reduce diabetes and even help with heart disease and diabetes complications.
Dopamine agonists:These drugs are injected into certain parts of the brain.
They are used to treat depression and anxiety.
There are many more promising treatments to be explored.
But what about the potential side effects?
There have been reports of some patients experiencing severe side effects from these drugs, including dizziness, nausea, headache, vomiting and blood clots.
Other drugs may also have a greater risk of adverse effects, such as cancer, heart failure and stroke.
Dr David Wootton, the chief medical officer of Australia’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Service (PBA), says these side effects could be significant and should be considered in patients.
“This is the most important aspect of this list and the main reason it is not part of the list is the high potential for serious adverse events,” he said.
What about the price?
“If a new treatment does not work for you, you may need to consider other treatments,” Dr Wootston said.
“If you are using a new medication for a long time and are in the early stages of treatment, you could be advised to consider alternative treatments that may be cheaper or more effective.”
Do these drugs cost more than generic versions?
While many of the drugs in the new list are in relatively high demand, Dr Wootson said it was unlikely the prices would increase much over time.
But if you are considering purchasing a drug from a generic version, you should ask about price and availability.
The Government says it is looking at whether the new medicines are cheaper than a generic drug.
In the meantime, there will be a range for patients to consider, from the relatively inexpensive generics, to more expensive brands.
As Dr Wottons points out, “If a patient is taking a very expensive brand, they may want to consider going with a brand that costs about $1000 a year, which might be the cheaper option.”
What are the costs of the medicines in this review?
The list includes some drugs that are relatively inexpensive.
Some of the less expensive drugs in Australia have cost around $1,000 or less per month for a family of four, while some of these drugs have been priced at more than $5,000.
The cheapest generic drugs are around $500 to $700 per month, and some are priced at around $2,000 to $3,000 per month.