Lawmaker Trying to Force Cancer Drug Manufacturer to Increase Production

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A senator and three doctor groups are urging makers of a crucial cancer drug suddenly in short supply to try to step up production.
A critical shortage of methotrexate has doctors and hospitals around the country panicking because it's the key treatment for a common childhood cancer called acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL.
With the drug, doctors say they can cure nearly 90 percent of the roughly 3,500 American children and teens diagnosed with this cancer each year.
Specialty groups representing researchers and doctors who care for children with cancer say hospitals will run out of the drug within weeks, increasing chances that patients will die.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, sent a similar plea to the companies late today.


WILX.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

See full commenting rules...
powered by Disqus
WILX 500 American Road Lansing, MI 48911 517-393-0110
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 139263193 - wilx.com/a?a=139263193