Monday, December 12, 2011

Drug shortages and doxil ...

It's nice that mom is on a "chemo break" at least for the holidays, albeit that her CA125 is creeping up slowly on the scale. I can say with some certainty that Dr. Porubcin will be recommending chemo treatments in the future (after January), AND he already stated that he would prefer to put mom back on Doxil. But, there is a drug shortage and no more Doxil.

The Baltimore Sun had a good perspective on the drug shortage, however I think free market solution will address part of the issue. I'm not an expert yet, but I have to think that drug manufacturing is going to have to go through a larger overhaul than merely producing more Doxil.

Why hasn't another manufacturer stepped up to fill the demand? How far do people have to go with their demands? There is no doubt a demand... and those with an extreme need (like cancer patients) are depending on mass manufactured drugs with their lives... and manufacturers who throw in the towel because they aren't getting enough money..?.. and they (doctors, patients, lobbyists whomever) are expecting legislation to change this? I don't get it, and I don't like the answer "There is no more Doxil available." Cancer patients deserve more than that.

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