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Experts fear shortage of “unprofitable” cancer drug
thelocal.de ^ | 18 Nov 12 14:40 CET | (The Local/jcw)

Posted on 11/18/2012 3:43:27 PM PST by Olog-hai

German cancer experts are warning of a looming shortage of one of the most widely used drugs to treat the disease—because pharmaceutical companies say it is not financially worth their while to make it any more.

Fluorouracil, also known as 5-FU, is a chemotherapy agent used to treat bowel and breast cancer. It is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs for cancer patients worldwide. But many of Germany’s top providers have stopped making the drug because it is not as profitable as other, more expensive ones. Of the six main companies which supplied 5-FU to pharmacies across the country, only one—Medac—is still is doing so, Der Spiegel magazine said on Sunday. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Society
KEYWORDS: 5fu; bigpharma; cancer; cancerdrug; fluorouracil

1 posted on 11/18/2012 3:43:36 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
This won't affect many in this country.Under OsamaObamaCare only Presidents,former Presidents and current and former members of Congress will be able to see a cancer specialist within 9 months of referral anyway.
2 posted on 11/18/2012 3:53:35 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: Olog-hai
Obviously it is unprofitable for one of two reasons.

Either people don't find it valuable enough to pay for it.

Or, government health plans won't reimburse the manufacturer at a price that covers costs.

Both are true.

3 posted on 11/18/2012 4:13:55 PM PST by BfloGuy (Workers and consumers are, of course, identical.)
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To: Olog-hai

Well, 5FU chemo saved my life after I was diagnosed with stage 3 adenocarcinoma and had surgery to remove it 5 1/2 years ago. It works. As far as I am concerned it is a miracle drug. Today I am cancer free.


4 posted on 11/18/2012 7:43:36 PM PST by FlyingEagle
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