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SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Extreme methods to obtain drug

in AUSTRALIA, 25/11/2012

Transgender and intersex people are being listed as ‘sexual deviants’ with the help of GPs to obtain a hormone suppressing drug used to block testosterone.

Patients undergoing male-to-female transitioning and intersex people take the drug Cyproterone Acetate, also known as Androcur, to suppress male hormones during gender reassignment.

However, the drug is only approved for use by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for prostate cancer sufferers, hormone treatments for non-pregnant women and people who declare themselves to Medicare as sexual deviants in order to obtain a subsidised medicare-approved authority prescription.

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