Daily Archives: February 10, 2017

How thousands of cancer patients were prescribed a drug that couldn’t help them

LA TIMES: The Food and Drug Administration frequently speeds experimental medicines to sale by approving them before scientific evidence shows they work.  For a drug called Tarceva, the FDA’s decisions resulted in thousands of lung cancer patients taking a drug that could not help them. Twelve years passed before the agency warned doctors in October that Tarceva only worked for a small number of patients with a rare gene mutation. Continue reading