FAMEDs Newsletter #13

FREEDOM OF ACCESS TO MEDICINES NEWSLETTER #13

June 30, 2011
 
Day #2 of FDA Avastin Hearing Recap!

FAMEDS published a live feed of details of Day 2 of the Avastin Hearing Wednesday! Please continuously check our Twitter, Facebook page and Website for News as it happens!

INSIDE THE HEARING

During Day 2 of the Hearing, final testimony was presented by Genentech and CDER regarding trials, risks and benefits. Four questions were posed by Genentech. The FDA panel voted against each question by 6-0 Wednesday that key studies on Avastin show it isn't effective as a treatment. As the Hearing concluded, patient advocates in audience reacted and said the hearing not fair and they want an immediate hearing wth the Commissioner. "In America this does not happen." "What would you like us to take?" and "We have nothing!" the audience shouted at FDA Panel. Panel was unresponsive.

Avastin final approval left in hands of Commissioner Hamberg. Will be on/after July 28th. No decision made YET.

For more information view the FAMEDS Website Hearing page: www.fameds.org/hearing.php

AVASTIN IN THE MEDIA

Avastin received a great deal of nationwide media coverage on prominent shows on Radio, TV, in print and on the web throughout Day #2 of the FDA Hearing.

Here is the direct video link for Terry Kalley's Interview on Americas Newsroom on Fox News Wednesday:
video.foxnews.com/breast-cancer-patients-plea-for-drug-from-fda

Here is a sample of articles published during the hearing worth reading:

FDA Should Keep Avastin's Approval for Breast Cancer – via Fox News Some Patients Protest Removal of Breast Cancer Drug, Avastin – via MyFoxDC

Plans for New Confirmatory Trial Attacked at Avastin Hearing – via Internal Medicine News
Breast-Cancer Survivors Plead With the FDA for Avastin – via Time

Here is a sample of articles published after the hearing:
FDA panel: Revoke drug's breast cancer approval – via Associated Press
FDA panel: Avastin not effective for breast cancer – via MSNBC

Radio Interview:
Terry Kalley Interviewed on The Afternoon Addition

PETITION UPDATE

Received 4,625 Signatures in total on FAMEDS Petition: Aiming for 5,000: www.fameds.org/petition

FDA PANEL

Who is The Committee That Voted On Avastin at the FDA Hearing? View the Panel's Experience: www.fameds.org/hearing

DONATIONS NEEDED

For the Rally, FAMEDS printed and purchased many flyers, signs, banners, t-shirts, and rented a shuttle to Capitol Hill among other costs. Please consider helping and giving a tax-deductible donation of any amount: www.fameds.org/makeadonation

We greatly appreciate all of our supporters!!!
 
 
Avastin Fight Song


Composer and performer, Andrew Katz, NYC

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