Posts Tagged: leukemia

Cancer gougers: price of crucial leukemia drug is hiked 40% to $200,000 a year

I’m surprised that anybody was actually admonished about this, considering how long they’ve been getting away with charging sky high prices for their drugs. Maybe it’s a turn for the better.
What’s really crazy is that in the article, they say that the price for the cancer drug had actually went up by $80,000 over a few years. So $120,000/year for this drug isn’t gouging, but $200,000 is???  So are we to understand that $120,000/year for this drug is economical, fair and affordable but $200,000/year is where we draw the line?  $120,000/year fits right into the average cancer patient’s budget but $200,000/year doesn’t?
Do you see the cruel irony here? Or is it just me?
Is this the affordable health care Obamacare was supposed to create?  It appears to me that $120,000/year for a medicine is just as much gouging as $200,000/year.  And it’s not even a cure! In what alternate reality is this even in the neighborhood of acceptable?
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Lawmakers have slammed a pharmaceutical company for raising the price of a crucial leukemia drug by 40 per cent in less than a year.
Bernie Sanders is leading the interrogation into ARIAD Pharmaceuticals in the latest battle between government and big pharma firms.
ARIAD produces Iclusig, which is used to treat chronic myeloid leukemia in some patients.
The company has subtly bumped the price of the drug by at least 8 per cent every quarter – amounting to a 39 per cent increase.
Now it costs $200,000 a year – up $80,000 in just a few years.
It targets an abnormal protein which prevents the body from regulating white blood cells.
Some patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia use the drug in combination with others.
But for people with chronic myeloid leukemia, this is one of the most crucial forms of medication.
The majority of chronic myeloid leukemia sufferers (95 per cent) have a genetic abnormality that means their body produces the abnormal protein BCR-ABL.
The latest hike, announced this month, has been met with outraged cries from patients.
It comes on the heels of two major controversies – when disgraced Turig CEO Martin Shkreli increased the price of life-saving drug Daraprim, and when drugmaker Mylan recently hiked the price of the EpiPen.
Sen Bernie Sanders claims ARIAD’s price hike is in the same league – and has written to the firm with Rep Elijah Cummings, D-Md, for an explanation.
‘These outrageous sales tactics indicate that ARIAD is more concerned with its profit than with its patients,’ Sanders and Cummings wrote.
Sanders also tweeted about the company last week: ‘Drug corporations’ greed is unbelievable. Ariad has raised the price of a leukemia drug to almost $199,000 a year.’
According to data from Truven Health Analytics, the list price for a year’s supply of Iclusig tablets has increased from $114,960 in 2012 to $198,732 in October 2016.
Sanders and Cummings also said they are investigating whether the company tried to boost profits by tweaking pill dosages and quantities to charge insurers and patients more for less medicine.
The FDA approved Iclusig in 2012 as a treatment for two rare types of leukemia, but the company suspended sales the next October because of heightened concerns that patients could suffer from life-threatening blood clots.
In December 2013, it relaunched with added warnings and to a smaller subset of patients.
The inquiry comes as other pharmaceutical companies have come under fire from Congress for price hikes.
Martin Shkreli, the brash former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, became the poster child of pharmaceutical-industry greed last fall for hiking the price of a life-saving drug, Daraprim, by more than 5,000 percent.
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Grape Seed Extract Kills Cancer Cells in the Laboratory

A study published this week in the medical journal Carcinogenesis shows that grape seed extract kills head and neck squamous cell carcinoma cells, while leaving healthy cells unharmed.  The grape seed extract (also known as proanthocyanidins and/or flavinoids)has been demonstrated to damage cancer cell DNA (by way of increasing reactive oxygen), as well as inhibiting the cancer cell’s ability to repair the damage. The best part is that the grape seed extract is not harmful to normal cells.  This is probably due to the fact that cancer cells are known to have a lot of deficient metabolic pathways that can be vulnerable to attack. Normal cells do not have most of these vulnerabilities.
Another study that was published in the January 1, 2009 issue of Clinical Cancer Research by researchers from the University of Kentucky found that an extract from grape seeds caused in vitro leukemia cells to commit suicide.

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Cannabinoids Kill Cancer-Suppressed for Years

Cannabinoids have been proven to kill cancer tumor cells.  The active components of marijuana, called cannabinoids, inhibit tumor growth in laboratory animals, and have also been proven to actually kill cancer cells.  In fact, the US government has known this for over 30 years. In fact, cannabinoids have also been demonstrated to kill antibiotic resistant bacteria, like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), just as effectively as vancomycin and other powerful antibiotics.

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Promising New Leukemia Treatment Discovered

Even though doctors using this have only treated three leukemia treatments, they say that the results from this are amazing. Physicians at the University of Pennsylvania report that this treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), the most common leukemia, made it disappear in two patients, and that it reduced it by 70% in the third patient.  In fact, in each patient, up to five pounds of tumor tissue was gone in a few weeks, and that it is still gone after a year.
The method that researchers from Abramson Cancer Center removed certain types of white blood cells (leukocytes). They then utilized an engineered, allegedly harmless version of the HIV virus and inserted a number of genes into the white blood cells. These genes were designed to get the cells to target and kill the cancer cells. Researchers grew a large batch of these cells and then injected them back into patients. These cells then began to mercilessly and persistently track down the cancer cells and kill them. Reports are that side effects from this type of treatment have been minor, at best.

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Woman Who Withheld Autistic Son’s Cancer Medicine Found Guilty

An Essex Superior Court jury found a mother who withheld cancer treatments from her autistic son guilty of attempted murder and assault and battery.  Kristen LaBrie was sentenced to 8-10 years in state prison for this incident.
I think that she was negligent because if she decided that she was not going to use conventional cancer treatments, she should have used something else.  Unfortunately, most people don’t know about alternative cancer treatments.  And if they don’t know about them, they definitely don’t know which ones are the most effective.

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Radiation Causes Cancer-Fukushima More Dangerous Than Authorities Will Admit

Despite the lack of coverage that mass media is giving to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the releases of radioactive nuclides will negatively affect the world for a long time.  Experts agree that there is no safe level of radiation exposure. According to reports various sources, including the EPA, there is food with radionuclides being found in the food supply in America.  And radioactive particles that are taken internally are many times more dangerous than being exposed to external radiation.

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