Key Cancer Drug In Short Supply — Thousands Of Kids At Risk

Tue, February 14, 2012 10:39am EST by 2 Comments

Thousands of children with leukemia depend on a cancer-fighting drug to survive, but now supplies are DANGEROUSLY low! Doctors say they only have enough for three weeks!

Methotrexate, a crucial, lifesaving medication that helps fight leukemia, and 28 other cancer drugs are in short supply and putting over 550,000 patients at risk, according to a new report by CBS News! “This is a real, real crisis,” says Dr. Jon Maris, chief of oncology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. So why have suppliers stopped making the extremely important drug? Money!

Many of these cancer-fighting drugs have become generic, so companies have a smaller profit margin and are less interested in making them. The largest manufacturer of methotrexate even shut down its plant last fall.

“Children will die because they can’t get methotrexate,” Dr. Maris warns. Methotrexate is a curative agent when injected into the bloodstream, and it’s one of the main medications used to prevent leukemia cells from entering the spinal fluid.

But his hospital only has two months supply left, and most children take it for three years!

“Unless something dramatic changes in the next few weeks, myself and other physicians and nurses on this very unit will have to look parents in the eyes and say we don’t have methotrexate and the substitute is not as good,” he says. “And, I’m sorry.”

The first of three congressional bills to give the FDA more power to handle this crisis was introduced a year ago, but the house and senate have both failed to bring a bill to the floor.

Can YOU believe this shocking story!? We hope something is done very soon about this impending crisis.

-Anna Moeslein

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MARIAM

Posted at 8:12 PM on June 8, 2012  

At least in the music industry, I woduln’t consider the executor of a piece an artist unless he or she has actually written and/or composed the piece. That’s not to say that he or she isn’t talented if he or she didn’t participate in the composition of the piece, not everyone can sing or play an instrument. Nevertheless, art involves creativity and innovation, which is generally lacked among those that only sing or only play an instrument. Musicians may bring a piece to life, but the piece woduln’t even exist without the true artist that composed it.

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Misty star

Posted at 11:37 AM on February 14, 2012  

This makes me worry so bad for the kids in need of these drugs and i know from expierence when my daughter was 3 she was diagnosed with Leukemia ALL and thank god she has been in remission and finished up treatment in august of 2011 but there is always a possability that it could come back and without methotrexate i don’t know what we would do and not knowing what is going to happen makes me worry very much not only or my family but for all the other family’s with a child that has cancer so lets hope that something can be figured out VERY SOON!! god bless everyone

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