FDA set to de-list Avastin for breast cancer, just because it's too expensive

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    The FDA and Avastin: Breast Cancer Patients Are Thrown Another Curve In An Ongoing Saga

    The FDA removed approval for Avastin for breast cancer because it was not proven to be effective. They did not take into consideration the cost.

     
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    Studies show that Avastin can prolong the lives of patients with late-stage breast and lung cancer by several months when the drug is combined with existing therapies. Genentech expects to seek federal approval later this year to sell it specifically for those diseases. But even now, doctors, who are free to prescribe the drug as they see fit, are using Avastin for some breast and lung cancer cases — and finding its cost beyond the means of some patients.
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    With colon cancer, a year of Avastin treatment costs about $50,000. But the drug will be used at higher doses for lung and breast cancer, and Genentech does not plan to reduce the unit price, even though the additional cost of producing a higher dose is minimal. Roche executives described the pricing plans were described in a recent interview.
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    Avastin is currently used mainly in cases of late-stage colon cancer, a disease that affects about 50,000 Americans annually. On average, those patients take the drug for 11 months and it extends their lives an average of 5 months, compared with other treatments.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/15/business/15drug.html?pagewanted=all

    Sounds like Genetech plans to rip off people dying from breast cancer to me.
     
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    bump for more input on this.
     
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    Mebbe dey tryin' to bring it back...
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    Studies: Avastin may fight early breast cancers
    Wed Jan 25,`12: Surprising results from two new studies may reopen debate about the value of Avastin for breast cancer. The drug helped make tumors disappear in certain women with early-stage disease, researchers found.
     
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    Avastin not much help with brain tumors either...
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    Avastin fails studies in new brain tumor patients
    2 June`13 — New research raises fresh questions about which cancer patients benefit from Avastin, a drug that lost its approval for treating breast cancer nearly two years ago.
     
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    Avastin worked for years. As soon as the government didn't want to pay for it , the government got brand new government backed studies saying it doesn't work. This follows all the other government funded studies proving mammograms, pap tests and prostate screenings don't work. They worked right up to obamacare. Now they stopped working. The government paid for studies to prove it.
     

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