New drug helps men with advanced prostate cancer live longer

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  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    June 17, 2019 1:19 p.m.

    With a single-payer healthcare system, you can say goodbye to the rate at which new and beneficial drugs are discovered and produced.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 16, 2019 10:44 a.m.

    @ Tommy T
    "I'm all for the new drug, but one wonders how long it will take before anyone can afford it. Even excellent insurance plans will generally not cover new drug therapies."

    You are looking at the wrong end of the question.
    How many years have scientists and physicians worked to develop this drug and what did all that cost? How many years of trials did it take? How many expensive lawsuits may await if some unexpected negative results occur a decade in the future? Even more important how many other drugs did they spend money working on, but eventually giving upon because they were not safe and effective?

    Every bit of those expenses have to be paid for. Either by patients who will benefit from the drug, or their insurance companies. Or, by taxpayers with money confiscated by the government. There are no free drugs.

    Costs per dose will decrease as the number of users increases, but the costs for research and development must be paid off somehow.

    Thank God that we have companies and people who will work on such drug developments for our benefit. And, be thankful for the fact we have the option of using such drugs, even though costly.

  • Thomas Thompson Salt Lake City, UT
    June 16, 2019 5:42 a.m.

    I'm all for the new drug, but one wonders how long it will take before anyone can afford it. Even excellent insurance plans will generally not cover new drug therapies.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    June 15, 2019 6:39 p.m.

    samhill & jpc, I feel your pain. I haven't shaved my mustache for 5 years, and I won't until we beat this thing!

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    June 15, 2019 6:06 p.m.

    Very encouraging news!!

    I'm currently undergoing biopsies and other tests to determine if I've got prostate cancer. Naturally, I'm really hoping I don't, but hearing this news is a big boost to my confidence that if I get bad news, it won't be as bad as it would have been before this new treatment option existed.

    To the Huntsman family and all those who've contributed to this new drug, THANK YOU! You're doing good work!!

  • jpc53 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 15, 2019 2:28 p.m.

    Great news! I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2005 and had treatment. While I am in remission now, I dread going to my doctor twice a year and having my PSA checked. After removal of the prostate and radiation, there are many other options currently.