I have to warn you. What I’m about to share with you today might sound like pure paranoia. It very well could come across as a wild conspiracy theory that couldn’t possibly be true.
I’ll admit it sounds absolutely nuts. An entire industry cashing in on the misery of the nation’s most desperate cancer patients by selling them drugs that DON’T work.
Except it’s not me saying this. And tragically, it’s NOT paranoia.
It’s a new analysis published in the highly respected medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine. So buckle up… strap yourself in… and prepare to be outraged.
But I’m not just here to make you mad. I’ve also got some tips to help assure you don’t become the next victim of this outrageous swindle.
‘Accelerated’ FDA approved cancer drugs a bust
You might recall the big news over the summer.
The FDA rammed a new Alzheimer’s drug through the accelerated approvals program. Despite no real published clinical trial evidence that it works, plenty of questions over safety, and a $56,000-a-year price tag, it hit the market.
I shared the whole sorted story in FDA foul-up leaves Alzheimer’s patients helpless.
The move was so shady… even by FDA standards… that it’s under investigation both within the agency and by Congress.
But a new bombshell report shows how that wasn’t even close to the worst example of the abuse.
The analysis in JAMA Internal Medicine finds Medicare shelled out close to $600 million over three years for cancer drugs that were part of the same accelerated approvals program. The twist? The meds were later found to have NO survival benefit.
These drugs were given to desperate patients with some of the worst cancers, including cancer of the…
- urinary tract
Some of these drugs—representing $170 million of the $600 million in spending—were so questionable that they were voluntarily withdrawn from the market.
But I don’t care about the money. I care about the patients. Every single person who took those cancer meds did so because they BELIEVED it would help them.
They were desperate. Even dying, in many cases. And these drugs were presented as genuine options to extend their lives and potentially help them beat these deadly diseases.
This doesn’t just amount to the cruelty of false hope. It also means some of these folks may have rejected other better options in favor of these useless drugs. And they may have paid the ultimate price for that choice.
Protect yourself from rushed meds
That’s what’s REALLY at stake here. And the problem isn’t limited to a single medication for a single disease. In many ways, it’s a cancer at the heart of the FDA itself.
The “accelerated approvals” program sounds like a benefit for desperate patients. After all, if you’re battling a disease like cancer, you want every weapon available to help you win that fight.
But what the program really has been is a boon to drug companies that can cash in big on new drugs BEFORE they’ve actually even been proven to work.
It’s been an absolute BUST for patients. And the new report shows 600 million reasons why it’s also been a financial boondoggle.
So here is what you do. Whenever you’re prescribed a drug, take a little time to learn more about it, whether it’s fully approved or not.
You might be stunned by what you uncover.
And if it’s a medication approved as part of this questionable process, have a detailed conversation with your doctor about what it is, why he thinks it’ll help, and what risks you might face.
Fighting a life-threatening disease like cancer or Alzheimer’s is a complicated and very personal process. You end up having to make a lot of difficult decisions when you’re in the most stressful situation you’ve ever faced in your life.
So you deserve to have the best information and the best options for your treatment.
Most importantly, if you feel unsure, unhappy, or just plain nervous about a proposed new treatment, get a second opinion to go over ALL of your options. And ideally, include a naturopathic or integrative medicine physician on your care team who can discuss complementary and alternative therapies as well.
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