Substitution of Doxil in Ovarian Cancer? There Must Be a Better Way

By Brittany | February 28, 2012 | Category: Cancer, Ovarian cancer, Pharmacotherapy
Substitution of Doxil in Ovarian Cancer? There Must Be a Better Way
By Ralph Tarantino, PhD
Pharmaceutical Consultant and Principal, SteriTech Solutions, LLC
Middletown, NJ

The FDA’s most recent response to the anti-cancer drug shortage crisis may be a perfect example of “too little, too late.” What follows will not be a rant about offshore outsourcing or the regulatory climate in general. However, the FDA decision (See FDA’s Press Release regarding shortages of anti-cancer drugs here) to allow Sun Pharma’s version of Doxil (doxorubicin HCl liposome injection) into the United States to replace the approved Ben Venue product may be a dangerous one for patients with ovarian cancer.

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A Worrisome Cancer in Women—And It’s Not Breast

By Brittany | February 01, 2012 | Category: Cancer
A Worrisome Cancer in Women—And It’s Not Breast
By Barbara Gottlieb, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School; Associate Professor, Harvard School of Public Health; Brookside Community Health Center and Associate Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

Although my patients have very diverse backgrounds (ie, in class, age, ethnicity, race, education, language, health literacy), they are quite similar in what they fear and what they don’t fear. For my female patients, breast cancer is at the top of the list. Somewhere beneath that is diabetes, then heart disease, stroke, and others that you would expect. I’m pretty sure that for most of my patients, lung cancer doesn’t even make it on the list.

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