Tag: cancer drugs
Is Right-to-Try Legislation a Bust? Time for a Second Opinion.

In 2001, twenty-one-year-old Abigail Burroughs was dying of cancer. After all conventional treatment methods failed to improve her condition, Abigail’s oncologist pleaded with the Food and Drug Administration to allow her to try Erbitux. At the time, Erbitux had not fully passed the FDA’s drug approval process. Abigail was denied access and lost her...
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My Tragic Encounter with Brett Kavanaugh Over Cancer Treatment

“It is naïve to think that public pressure has no potential to influence a judge’s opinion,” says Ronald L. Trowbridge.

Right-to-Try Legislation Helps Patient Battling Bone Cancer

With 42 million US citizens suffering from a terminal illness or knowing someone with one, it’s a fight that affects us all.

American Patients Can Access Far More New Cancer Drugs than Others Can

New research by scholars at the University of Pittsburgh shows that American patients have significantly better access to new cancer medicines than their peers in other developed countries: Of 45 anticancer drug indications approved in the United States between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2013, 64% (29) were approved by the European Medicines...
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Ten Percent of Cancer Drug Spending Is Wasted

A remarkable study published in the BMJ concludes that $1.8 billion of the $18 billion spent on the 20 most expensive cancer drugs in the United States is wasted due to cunning marketing by drug-makers. Chemotherapeutic doses are often adjusted by body weight. However, the drugs are shipped in vials containing doses appropriate to...
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British National Health Service Stops Paying for Lifesaving Drugs

Britain’s government-monopoly (single-payer) health plan, the National Health Service (NHS), has announced plans to stop paying for the most innovative, lifesaving drugs: More than 5,000 cancer patients will be denied life-extending drugs under plans which charities say are a “dreadful” step backwards for the NHS. Health officials have just announced sweeping restrictions on treatment,...
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