Ad Hoc Advisory Attacks on Cancer Patients Continue

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  • 05/09/2007
So cancer patients should wait until Thomas Fleming and ODAC AdComm member Hussain thinks there are large enough trials to determine statistically significant benefit of survival to get medicines... It is the obsession with endpoints and large trials that is killing people with cancer as much as the disease itself. The only way to get answers is to either try these drugs in the real world or match these medicines to the most appropriate people with greater accuracy. We cannot do both using the methods Fleming and Hussain and old cancer order want to uphold. They claim they are protecting patients but patients are willing to take these medicines and participate in follow on studies that are scientifically sound.

How ODAC rules on the IDM immunotherapy will say much. It is time for Andy von Eschenbach to show some leadership on this and other issues of patient access, to show that there is a public health payoff to the Critical Path....

To see the level to which Fleming and Hussain have stooped you can go to

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