publication date: Feb. 2, 2018

Trials and Tribulations

Re: Drug Pricing My unsolicited advice to HHS Secretary Alex Azar


By Patricia Goldsmith,
Chief Executive Officer of CancerCare


Dear Mr. Azar:

I am the leader of CancerCare, a national organization that provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer. I’m writing this letter to offer some perspective regarding the plight of nearly 16 million U.S. cancer survivors, the many more who are family and care providers, and all of those who will be diagnosed in the coming years.

Cancer is a scourge that afflicts nearly 40 percent of Americans. If it doesn’t get you, it gets your spouse, sibling, parent or child. We all hope it doesn’t and if it does, we all hope for cure or control. And high quality of life. Fortunately, the pace of recent breakthroughs in effective cancer treatment is remarkable.

In fact, 2017 was the fourth consecutive year that personalized medicines accounted for more than 20 percent of FDA approvals. These treatments effectively and efficiently guide treatments to only those patients who will benefit from them, representing a revolution in how cancer is treated and a promise for a better future.

As you enter your new role, I ask that you keep in mind the landscape for cancer patients, who so often struggle to access and pay for high quality treatment. As patients, they want the … Continue reading Re: Drug Pricing My unsolicited advice to HHS Secretary Alex Azar

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