Parliamentary inquiry to put drug laws to the test
Article by Alex White Herald Sun
Sex Party MP Fiona Patten. Picture: Mark Stewart
MEASURES like roadside drug tests for people driving on medication, and sniffer dogs at music festivals would be put under the microscope in a proposed parliamentary inquiry.
The call for the drug probe will be put to Parliament tomorrow and is expected to see ministers delve into issues on synthetic, pharmaceutical and illegal substances.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is the use of antiretroviral drugs emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (Truvada), taken by HIV negative people, to prevent HIV infection. The drug Truvada has been available for PrEP in the United States since 2012, however in Australia it is currently only available for treatment of HIV-positive individuals, not prevention for those who are negative and at risk.
Northern Metropolitan representative and Leader of the Australian Sex Party, Fiona Patten, has called on State and Federal Governments to facilitate access to Truvada for PrEP immediately. “As Truvada is not currently on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for PrEP, those wishing to use it preventatively who aren’t in trials such as the Victorian PrEP Demonstration Project will pay up to $13,500 a year for off-script Truvada,” she said.