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.

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  • by Walter Location: mulliken on Feb 15, 2012 at 09:20 AM
    It's no secret that drug manufacturers have been raping us for years. It is time that our law makers stand up to the plate and hit a home run for common sense and what is right. We need to have some reasonable regulations on how much can be charged for a drug as compared to the cost of manufacturing.
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