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Study Shows Up To Two Thirds of Cancer Drugs Lack Some Evidence

Those who are suffering from cancer and who are in search of better drugs are understandably looking for one of two things – a medicine that will either extend survival rates or will improve quality of life.  While there have been scores of new drugs approved for the treatment of cancer in recent years, it turns out that many of them may not do either.

A recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (10/20, Fauber) report tells us that a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that two-thirds of the new cancer drugs approved in the past five years won approval based on so-called surrogate measures of effectiveness, such as scans showing tumor shrinkage.   Specifically, 36 of 54 drugs showed no evidence of extending life or improving quality of life of cancer patients, even after some of the drugs had been on the market for up to four years.

The same study looked at the price of many of these drugs and found that, on average, they cost $10,000 per month, with several costing more $20,000 per month and one priced at $40,000 per month.  While the FDA indicates that they are making sure that drugs are “safe and effective”, some of the drugs are not specific about the effectiveness for patients with regards to better survival rates or quality of life.

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Dr. Steven Lipsky

Steven J. Lipsky MD, FACEP has been a Board Certified Emergency Physician in Arizona for the last 41 years, and a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley for the last 40 years. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine and did post-graduate training in Family Practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix before going into the full-time practice of Emergency Medicine in 1975. Dr. Lipsky has worked in every type of Emergency Department in Arizona – from inner city and rural, small volume and large, public and private hospitals, teaching and nonteaching hospitals. He has taught at the Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine – Division of Clinical Education, as well as in Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona. He has received the highest number of patient satisfaction letters in his group at multiple facilities and has been recognized at Paradise Valley Hospital for his outstanding performance. A past president of the Arizona College of Emergency Physicians (representing over 800 Emergency Physicians in our state) along with many other positions in the organization, Dr. Lipsky was also one of six Councillors representing Arizona to the National Council of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Lipsky built, owned, and was the Medical Director for the first 24hr free-standing Emergicenter and Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service in Jamaica. In conjunction with USAID, Cornell Medical Center’s School of Public Health, the Ministry of Health and Environmental Control of Jamaica, and the U.S. Peace Corps, he participated in a successful program to stem infant mortality in rural areas.

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