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FDA May Revoke Approval of Avastin for Breast Cancer

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
Car accident, personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney serving Staten Island and Brooklyn New York.

Posted on Jul 15, 2011

A federal committee of cancer experts voted unanimously that the approval for Avastin to be used in the treatment of breast cancer should be revoked.

The New York Times reports that the vote came in late June, during a review of the FDA's approval of the cancer drug Avastin. The 2-day hearing involved testimony from several women who claimed the drug had drastically improved their survival with the disease.

The researchers involved cited clinical trials which showed Avastin was neither safe nor effective in treating breast cancer. These trials showed potentially serious side effects such as high blood pressure, hemorrhaging, and gastrointestinal perforations.

Avastin was approved in 2008, for treatment of metastatic breast cancer, under an accelerated approval process which allows drugs to reach the market quicker, allowing less time for complete testing and study.

Avastin is still approved for use in treating many other types of cancers and may still be used off-label to treat breast cancer; however, the cost of the drug (as much as $88,000 per year) still bars many patients from using this treatment option.

Breast cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer plaguing women today. While the disease itself can cause serious disabling conditions, the treatment can also impair your ability to work due to side effects. In the event of such occurrence, seek your Staten Island disability law firm to learn about your legal rights for collecting disability benefits.

How a Queens Disability Law Firm Can Help

Disabling medical conditions can become a financial burden on you and your family. If a medically diagnosable condition is preventing you from working you don't need to suffer alone. Disability benefits can be the key to a better financial outlook for your family.

Before you file your claim for Social Security disability benefits, be sure to take advantage of this free consumer's guide: 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a Social Security Disability Claim. Contact the Staten Island disability law firm at the Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr. for help with building your disability claim - 1-718-701-2776.

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