The House Passes The 21st Century Cures Act – On To The Senate

Last Wednesday the House passed with a vote of 392 to 26, a medical innovation bill known as the 21st Century Cures Act, aimed at curing diseases, with the measure securing bipartisan support after months of negotiations. The bill’s goals are to speed up the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of new drugs while also investing new money in medical research. The package also includes a range of other healthcare priorities, including $1 billion over two years to fight the epidemic of opioid addiction and $1.8 billion for Vice President Biden’s cancer “moonshot.” The cures legislation also includes a mental health [...]

By | December 1st, 2016|Cancer Moon Shot, FDA, Politics of Cancer, Research, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Caution – The FDA Has Limited The Usage of Nizoral (ketoconazole)

Nizoral (ketoconazole, keto) is an older drug that has been used as a part of hormone therapy (ADT) for many years.  Keto, which is an inexpensive anti-fungal drug had been used for many years as an inhibitor of adrenal androgen synthesis as is abiriterone (Zytiga). Ztiga has been shown to be more effective, however, it is occasionally considered for treatment of metastatic prostate cancer in situations where a man can not afford Zytiga or it is unavailable.  The use of Keto in this manner is totally "off label." If you decided to try this route you need to also be [...]

By | May 4th, 2016|Drugs & Treatments, FDA, ketoconazole, Uncategorized|1 Comment

U.S. Congress Passes Omnibus Funding with Significant Increases for Medical Research

We have some good news, the United States Congress has passed the Omnibus spending package.  The package will fund the U.S. Government through fiscal 2016.  We should take note that this bill includes a $2 billion increase for the National Institute of Health (NIH), a 5% increase for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The bill also includes funding for the Department of Defense Medical Research Program with an allocation of $80 million for the Prostate Cancer Research Program. My only disappointment is that the DOD PCRP (Prostate Cancer Research Program) didn't receive additional [...]

By | December 20th, 2015|advocacy, DOD PCRP, FDA, NCI, NIH, Politics of Cancer, Uncategorized, United States|0 Comments

US Government Begins to Crack Down on Clinical Trials Reporting

Yes, it is true, many clinical trial results are not published, especially negative results. This is even true for FDA approved drugs and treatments! Failing to publish, or actually hiding negative results and harmful side effects that occur in clinical trials is too common and jeopardizes each and everyone of us, including survivors of advanced prostate cancer. Under some new proposed legislation by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) it would become harder in the United States to do this in the future. One of the proposals would require companies seeking the [...]

By | November 25th, 2014|Clinical Trials, Clinical Trials, FDA, General Information, NIH, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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