DEB JACOBSON struggled to get out of bed for about two years before the introduction of a new drug into Tasmania turned her life around.
The Blackstone Heights woman was one of the first in the state to use a new intravenous medicine to treat iron deficiency, Ferinject.
The drug is not yet available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme - and is therefore more expensive at $190 - but Ms Jacobson said she preferred it to other more time-consuming treatments.
``It was just one injection, straight into the vein, and for me it took about a week before I got the biggest energy burst,'' she said.
Northern Suburbs Medical Service Mowbray Heights principal Andrew Jackson is calling to have the drug added to the PBS, having used it on five patients since it became available in July.
``I've been waiting for something like this a long time, because iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia is very common, particularly for women in their 30s, 40s and 50s,'' Dr Jackson said.
``Before this we've had to use intra-muscular injections to treat iron deficiency and that can cause a number of problems.
``It involves painful, deep injections that need to be given at least five times, and can cause stains on the backside which are like tattoos.''