Archive for August, 2008

Beware Of Legislation That Would Allow Untested Copies Of Biologic Drugs

August 31, 2008
The Tennessean
David Charles, M.D.
(Associate professor of neurology at Vanderbilt University and chairman of the Alliance for Patient Access)

Congress is considering two bills that could make practicing medicine in the U.S. a much riskier business.

Both bills pertain to state-of-the-art drugs known as biologics. Unlike conventional pharmaceuticals, which are created using simple chemical compounds, biologics are created from living organisms. They have proven to be some of the best treatments available for debilitating illnesses like cancer and multiple sclerosis.

Unfortunately, they are also some of the priciest.