The tobacco industry has, in effect, caused the biggest toxic spill in history, one that has very literally killed millions of Americans. It is time that the courts compel the industry to clean up their mess.
Nationally, the number of drug shortages has tripled since 2005. Our county’s hospice agency has experienced shortages of liquid morphine, scopolamine patches, and medications to relieve nausea. Other generic drug shortages in our clinic have included paclitaxel, leucovorin, and doxorubicin. We have had limited ability to order fluorouracil (5-FU) and mitomycin.
Despite efforts by the manufacturer to reduce the cost of Avastin, the clinical effectiveness agency for England and Wales says that it will not recommend the drug for the first-line treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer.
ONCOLOGY board member Judd Moul, MD, told the CancerNetwork blog that there will be several controversial pro-con debates featured at this year’s Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) meeting, May 29th in San Francisco. Dr. Moul will moderate a pro-con debate about the effectiveness of PSA screening during a session titled, Prostate Cancer I – Screening: Lessons from the PLCO and ESRPC Randomized Trials. Stand by for exclusive interviews and podcasts…
Almost 3 years after a controversial FDA denial, Provenge was approved, making it the first autologous cellular immunotherapy for prostate cancer. One pressing question about Provenge is how much its maker, the biotech company, Dendreon, would charge for its newly approved drug.