To Stay: Two More Cancer Indications With ‘Dangling Approvals’

Medscape News, April 29, 2021: Two more cancer indications that had been granted accelerated approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are going to stay in place, at least for now. This was the verdict after the second day of a historic 3-day meeting (April 27–29) and follows a similar verdict from day one.

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FDA Scrutinizes Pricey Cancer Drugs

Politico Pulse, April 28, 2021: Will FDA maintain approval for cancer drugs that are proven to not work? We were hoping for a reckoning, but that doesn’t seem likely as the doctors on the FDA Advisory panel tell FDA that they are hopeful that the drugs will eventually be proven to work.

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4 in 10 Adults Over 50 Consult Online Reviews When Picking a Doctor

HealthDay, April 14, 2021. Finding a new doctor can be a daunting task. For help, many older adults turn to online reviews, a new study finds. In fact, many people rate online reviews as highly as they would a recommendation from friends and family when picking a doctor. Dr. Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Center for Health Research, said that choosing a doctor is a complex undertaking.

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What Genentech is doing to fix biotech’s diversity problem

Fortune, April 7, 2021. There’s a big problem with clinical trials: a lack of diversity. This problem led researchers to believe that Black women did not develop breast cancer as frequently as white women and created a gap in understanding how different treatments work. How can companies like Genentech start increasing diversity in clinical trials?

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