CMPI Launches And not a moment too soon!

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  • 06/14/2013
I encourage you check out  We are still tinkering with the home page and making changes to  make the site even more valuable to patients, innovators and others who are fed the demoralizing dis-information that cancer care costs too much for hardly any benefit.   Our mission is to save lives faster.   The system of approving and paying for new cancer medicines is broken.  We need to start over and we think we know how:  Change won't come from within.  It will ony happen with the help of informed and passionate people who take control of the cancer research agenda and demand faster approvals and faster access.  Today, thousands of people literally die waiting for new medicines that could keep them alive.  We hope to support the inspirational efforts of doctors, patients and advocates in changing that.    We can create a world free from cancer if we embrace patient-centered and patient controlled approaches to innovation.    But we need to creatively destroy the current system and put something transformational in it's place.   

Too often medical innovation against cancer has been both undervalued and even identified as a problem to be eradicated.  That's one reason changes necessary to truly accelerate progress have preserved the status quo

Most people don't know that since 1990 new cancer therapies generated 43 million additional life years for people living with cancer.   Those additional life years created $4.7 trillion in economic value.      Every dollar we spend on new cancer medicines reduce  spending on hospitals and doctors by 7 dollars.  Such innovative treatments  are less than two percent of total health care spending.  They are the leading source of longer life, lower health care costs and greater economic growth.

Personalized therapies are the leading edge of this progress.  Unfortunately it takes longer than ever for new medicines to get FDA approval.  Health plans are requiring people to pay more and wait longer for  innovations that save lives and reduce what consumers and they spend of health care.  The reboot will be the result of  patients, doctors and researcher knowing and sharing their genomic information about cancers using online apps and social networks.  These virtual cure communities will define what treatments  and mutations to study and use.  

The American inventor Buckminster Fuller said:  “You never change things by fighting the existing reality.  To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

We hope to demonstrate that the existing approach to medical innovation, while serving us well, is outdated and to support the building of new model that can lead to a world free from cancer.

Center for Medicine in the Public Interest is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization promoting innovative solutions that advance medical progress, reduce health disparities, extend life and make health care more affordable, preventive and patient-centered. CMPI also provides the public, policymakers and the media a reliable source of independent scientific analysis on issues ranging from personalized medicine, food and drug safety, health care reform and comparative effectiveness.

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