Dear liberal women who sport pink ribbons, buy pink mixers, and breathlessly adore The One: caveat emptor

While this pains me because it will needlessly end the lives of women suffering from advanced breast cancer, it’s difficult not to say told ya so.   Welcome to Obamacare, liberal women of America.  How does it look now?

Federal regulators are considering taking the highly unusual step of rescinding approval of a drug that patients with advanced breast cancer turn to as a last-ditch hope.

Why, you ask?

The debate over Avastin, prescribed to about 17,500 women with breast cancer a year, has become entangled in the politically explosive struggle over medical spending and effectiveness that flared during the battle over health-care reform: How should the government balance protecting patients and controlling costs without restricting access to cutting-edge, and often costly, treatments?

As my two-year-old would say, with conviction: Ah-ha!

It’s $8,000 a month, but only used for breast cancer patients who’ve exhausted all other treatment options. 

Citing a dearth of evidence of the drug’s effectiveness, its potential toxic side effects, and its high cost, many cancer experts, patient advocates and others are welcoming the prospect that Avastin’s authorization for breast cancer might be repealed. But the possibility is alarming other cancer specialists, women taking the drug, some members of Congress and advocates for giving patients as much access to as many treatments as possible.

The FDA is not supposed to consider costs in its decisions, but if the agency rescinds approval, insurers are likely to stop paying for treatment.

Ed Morrissey notes:

With the new ObamaCare regime in place, the issue of cost has now become openly part of the FDA process.  This is a perversion of their mission, which is supposed to only involve product safety and effectiveness, not bean-counting.  If Medicare doesn’t want to cover Avastin, that should be a separate issue handled by CMS and HHS.  This strongly suggests that the FDA has become politicized to a degree where their recommendations lose credibility — a dangerous situation for consumers and providers alike

Welcome to the reality of Obamacare, y’all.  It will get worse.

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3 Responses

  1. How outrageous! RedMom/BlueState said it perfectly.

  2. Love the title of the post! It will all come down to cost. Government will NEVER do everything and anything you want it to. They won’t consider your life to be anything but a number and a cost-analysis. Anyone who believes otherwise is a fool.

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