PhRMA: Cancer drug ‘failures’ are a critical part of the drug development process
WASHINGTON — The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America on Tuesday released a new report, “Researching Cancer Medicines: Setbacks and Stepping Stones,” which highlights the number of investigational cancer medicines that did not succeed in clinical trials and how these “failures” are a critical part of the drug development process.
- 96 potential treatments for melanoma did not make it through clinical trials, but paved the way for 7 approved medicines, a nearly 14:1 ratio of “failures” to “successes”;
- 10 medicines have been approved to treat lung cancer, whereas 167 other potential treatments did not make it through clinical trials; and
- Only 3 new medicines have been approved to treat brain cancer, while another 75 investigational medicines were unsuccessful in the development process.
Dietary supplement industry issues public advisory against marketing around Ebola virus
WASHINGTON — The dietary supplement industry on Tuesday spoke out against any supplement manufacturer making advertising claims around the Ebola virus. "The dietary supplement industry is aware of public concern regarding the Ebola virus and of the desire of the public to protect itself against this virus," the industry stated in a joint statement of five associations. "We are unaware of any scientific data supporting the use of dietary supplements to prevent Ebola virus infection or treat Ebola virus disease. Furthermore, federal law does not allow dietary supplements to claim to treat any diseases, including Ebola virus disease."
- Marketers and retailers of dietary supplements are urged to refuse to stock or sell any supplements that are presented as treating or curing Ebola virus disease, or preventing Ebola virus infection;
- Marketers and retailers should refrain from promoting any dietary supplement as a cure or treatment for Ebola virus disease;
- Anyone who believes they may have Ebola virus disease or may have come in contact with the Ebola virus should contact a healthcare professional immediately. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more information on Ebola virus disease and the proper actions to take if you suspect you are ill; and
- While there are many dietary supplements that have much to offer in terms of enhancing general immune function, therapies for the treatment of Ebola virus disease should only be recommended by qualified healthcare professionals or public health authorities.