Home » Trending Health News » Cancer Experts Demand Government Help Bring Drug Costs Down

Cancer Experts Demand Government Help Bring Drug Costs Down


It’s time for drug prices to come down, says a group of more than 100 cancer experts. The same group has put together a list of proposals they believe could help cut the cost of cancer drugs, making them more accessible to more people.

The experts come from a number of different cancer areas and include former executives of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology.

The group, which is made up of men and women on the front lines of cancer treatment, says it’s disturbed by the rising price of cancer drugs. Dr. Ayalew Tefferi, the author of a recent paper on the subject published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, says some drugs can cost a patient $30,000 a year in out-of-pocket costs–representing more than half the average American household income.

To deal with the problem, Tefferi and the other group members are calling for the creation of a regulatory body that could assist in setting prices on drugs approved by the United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Tefferi says he’d like to see such a body made up of health professionals, pharmaceutical company representatives, government officials, and patients.

Tefferi adds that cancer specialists must put more thought into cost when recommending treatments to their patients. And the group wants the U.S. government to consider importing cancer drugs from countries where drug costs are lower–such as Canada–or make it easier for patients to access cheaper, generic drugs, which are often made more difficult to acquire because pharmaceutical companies block their release into the marketplace.

ADVERTISEMENT

More on ActiveBeat
  • 6 Facts on Processed Meat and Your Cancer Risk
    For decades processed meats have offered a convenient option for just about any meal, whether it’s breakfast (sausage, bacon), lunch (luncheon meats), or dinner (burgers, hot...
    Trending Health News
  • Multiple Myeloma Diet: Foods to Eat and Foods to Avoid
    Even though it's a highly uncommon form of cancer (in the U.S. the chances of getting it are 1 in 132), the American Cancer Society predicts 2019 will bring over 32,000 new cases...
    Trending Health News
  • Mesothelioma Stages: What to Expect
    Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that is often caused by asbestos exposure. It's an "aggressive, malignant cancer caused when inhaled asbestos fibers lodge in the lining of...
    Trending Health News
  • What Causes Cancer?
    Cancer is a scary and complex disease. Even when it's caught early and with good odds for surviving and living a long, healthy life, there are a lot of people who develop cancer...
    Trending Health News
  • What to Know About the Side Effects of Immunotherapy
    Most of us have been affected by cancer in some way or another, either through a friend, family member, or maybe that person is you.
    Trending Health News
  • Pancreatic Cancer: Symptoms, Causes, Risk Factors, and Treatment
    Cancer of the pancreas is one of the more deadly forms of the disease – the American Cancer Society estimates that in 2018, about 55,440-people will be diagnosed in the U.S.
    Trending Health News
  • Best Foods for Women's Health
    Some people (myself included) tend to put more emphasis on the amount of exercise we get in a day rather than what we're eating.
    Trending Health News
  • Common Causes of Head and Neck Cancer
    The term "head and neck cancer" refers to various types of cancer affecting several key parts of this general area of the human body, including the mouth, nose and throat.
    Trending Health News
  • Signs and Symptoms of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
    Non-melanoma skin cancer—a term used to describe basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)—affects more than 3.
    Trending Health News
  • The Incredible Health Benefits of Onions
    When we think of onions, whether it be sweet or red, we most likely think of them as a great cooking ingredient that adds terrific flavor and aroma to just about any dish.
    Trending Health News
  • The Incredible Health Benefits (and Risks) of Grapefruits
    This tangy fruit has a seriously bold taste which makes it a bit of an acquired taste, but it's worth a try because it's got some incredible health benefits!
    Trending Health News
  • The Incredible Health Benefits of Apples
    There's nothing better than biting into a crisp red apple, especially in the season of fall when everyone is rushing to the nearest orchard to pick their own basket of apples (and...
    Trending Health News
  • The Health Benefits of Eating Sunflower Seeds
    Sunflower seeds are one of those snacks we've all tried but probably don't enjoy on a regular basis.
    Trending Health News
  • 6 Promising New Medical Treatments for Cancer
    Medical science is constantly making cancer breakthroughs, however there's an extensive process to bring treatments to the public.
    Trending Health News
  • Treatment Options for Ovarian Cancer
    There's no denying that being diagnosed with ovarian cancer -- or any form of cancer, for that matter -- can be very scary.
    Trending Health News