Ovarian and Breast Cancer Drug Taxol Shortage

Doctors and patients are complaining of a shortage of Taxol, a popular chemotherapy drug that is very effective in fighting ovarian cancer and breast cancer.  Taxol is the most widely used drug to fight Ovarian Cancer.  I know this first hand as my partner was just diagnosed with ovarian cancer one month ago, and is now in chemotherapy treatment using Taxol.

Taxol is just one in a long list of drugs that are becoming difficult to source by doctors.  Doctors are suggesting that the drug manufacturers are to blame, as they are reducing production of Taxol due too reduced Medicare spending.   They say that because Medicare is reducing the amount doctors are reimbursed for Taxol, drug companies are reducing their supply.  One manufacturer of Taxol, which is a generic drug now, blames the Taxol shortage on high demand.
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One leading oncologist near Washington DC, Dr. Annette Bicher, is very frustrated with the shortage of Taxol, and the effect it has on her practice.  Bicher’s office has 40 patients at her practice receiving Taxol at this time.

There is no word on when or if the Taxol shortage will corrected, and some patients are already being forced to use alternative drugs in their fight against ovarian cancer.  There is currently a bill in front of Congress that would require pharmaceutical companies to immediately notify the FDA when they expect a critical shortage of any drug.  So clearly this crisis will not be averted any time soon.

More news on Taxol and the Taxol shortage:

Shortage in cancer drug Taxol worries patients, doctors
WJLA, on Wed, 22 Jun 2011 15:27:24 -0700

By Jennifer Donelan Patients and doctors report a shortage of the most widely used drug to fight ovarian cancer. Taxol, a life-saving drug used to fight both ovarian and breast cancers, is the latest drug added to the list of cancer drugs which are 

 

Cancer drug shortage
WQOW TV News 18, on Wed, 22 Jun 2011 09:15:51 -0700

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Life-Saving Cancer Drug Shortage Across Minnesota
KAALtv.com, on Tue, 21 Jun 2011 20:41:54 -0700

The drug is called Taxol and doctors across Minnesota are having a hard time getting it for their patients with ovarian and breast cancer. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has found out this is the latest in a growing list of cancer drugs that randomly become hard to 

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