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Shortages of generic cancer medicines are harming patients. So why can’t we fix it?

Shortages of generic cancer medicines are harming patients. So why can’t we fix it?

Despite more than a decade of efforts to address the problem, cancer patients across Europe and the US still cannot rely on essential drugs being available when they need them. Rachel Brazil looks at the size of the problem, its impact on patients and professionals, and the efforts to put in place policies and alternative […]

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Half of pediatric cancers undiagnosed and untreated worldwide

Half of pediatric cancers undiagnosed and untreated worldwide

Half of pediatric cancers undiagnosed and untreated worldwide Nearly one in two children with cancer are never diagnosed and may die untreated, according to a a new model proposed in a study published in The Lancet Oncology  by Zachary Ward and colleagues  from Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In fact, the model […]

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No country for generic medicines

No country for generic medicines

Though bound by law, neither doctors nor pharmacies want to dispense generic medicines to patients as the profit margin is low Laws in India specify that all medical prescriptions should give generic medicines and all pharmacies must make them available to patients. But aggressive marketing by private pharma companies, cut-throat competition and ignorance of the […]