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Study ties drug shortage to poorer cancer survival

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A bottle of mechlorethamine under the brand name Mustargen. A new study gives the best evidence so far that cancer patients are suffering because of shortage of drugs such as mechlorethamine, or nitrogen mustard, which had been in short supply until November 2012, when more became available. PHOTO FROM MEDICALOOK.COM

Young cancer patients who couldn’t get a key medicine because of a US-wide drug shortage were more likely to suffer a relapse than others who were able to get the preferred treatment, doctors report. It’s the first evidence that a longstanding drug-supply problem probably has affected cancer treatment results in specific patients.

Posted: December 27th, 2012 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

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