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Cancer drug linked to flesh-eating disease

5/17/2013 - Health Canada has issued warnings to the general public and to healthcare professionals that the cancer treatment drug Avastin has been linked to necrotizing fasciitis, an infection commonly known as flesh-eating disease. The manufacturer of Avastin, Hoffman-La Roche Ltd., has identified 52 serious...

FDA withdraws approval for breast cancer drug Avastin after declaring it medically useless, but says doctors can still prescribe it

11/27/2011 - Several years after declaring it to be not only medically useless but also dangerous, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially withdrawn approval for the $100,000 breast cancer drug Avastin. In a statement, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said that Avastin has never been proven to...

Medicare announces it will continue to cover drugs even if the FDA bans them as dangerous for humans

7/20/2011 - Officials with Medicare say the government health care program will continue paying for drugs even if the Food and Drug Administration revoke their safe-and-effective status. According to Don McLeod, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the health care programs will continue to...

FDA Approves Breast Cancer Drug Avastin Despite Opposition by Advisory Panel

9/9/2008 - In a surprise move, the FDA has disregarded the recommendation of its expert advisory panel and approved Genentech's drug Avastin as a breast cancer treatment. The FDA almost never goes against the recommendations of its advisory panels. Avastin was approved by the FDA in 2004 for use as a lung...

Anti-Cancer Drug Avastin Useless Against Breast Cancer, Declares FDA

6/27/2008 - NaturalNews) An FDA advisory panel has said that the drug Avastin should not be used to treat breast cancer, because it fails to provide enough benefit to outweigh the risks. Avastin, known generically as bevacizumab, has been approved for the treatment of colon and lung cancer. It is a major seller...

Genentech sets price gouging limit for Avastin cancer drug

10/13/2006 - Earlier this week the pharmaceutical firm Genentech announced that it would institute a price cap for its cancer drug Avastin at $55,000 per year for patients with a household income of less than $75,000 a year. Genentech's announcement follows a decision by rival drug company Amgen two weeks ago...

Avastin cancer drug may cause brain bleeding, warns FDA

9/27/2006 - Genentech's cancer-fighting drug Avastin's label now includes warnings related to a rare brain-bleeding condition and deterioration of nasal tissue that both have been associated with the drug. The FDA's website now notes that Avastin can possibly cause a rare brain-capillary leak syndrome that can...

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