FDA Announces new breast cancer drugby Parisi Insurance Agency on 02/25/13
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a first-of-a-kind breast cancer medication that targets tumor cells while sparing healthy ones. The drug is called Kadcyla (kad-SY'-luh) chemically combines the established drug Herceptin with a powerful chemotherapy drug. The chemical keeps the cocktail intact until it binds to a cancer cell, delivering a double-shot of anti-tumor poison. Overall, patients taking Kadcyla lived about 2.6 years, compared with 2 years for patients taking the other drugs. It is estimated that Kadcyla will cost $9,800 per month, compared to $4,500 per month for regular Herceptin. A full course of Kadcyla, about nine months of medicine, is estimated to cost $94,000.
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