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How Much Is Two Months of Life Worth?: Expensive Cancer Drugs
Although only after we face the decision in some personal way (ourselves or a family member), it is very hard to answer the question "How much is two months of life worth?" And yet patients with cancer, those who have failed other cancer drugs, are having to make such decisions, if they can. Other considerations on the same issue are why the pharmaceutical companies must charge astronomical prices for these drugs which only give to most patients only very limited benefit? Also, who should be paying for these drugs? Should they be available to the illegal immigrants who appear in emergency rooms very sick with cancer? To help us think further and answer some of these questions, I found a very worth while blog, In The Pipeline
, written by a pharmaceutical researcher, covering this very topic and followed up by a bunch of very cogent visitor commentaries by people who seem to know in ins and outs of pharmaceutical companies and research. Take a look at the posting there and then return and give me your comments. Do you think you can answer the question "How much is two months of life worth?" ..Maurice.