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"Wonder drug"

Edmonton Journal

Source: Edmonton Journal

Published: 19 Jul 2022

Category: Pharmaceutical

Rating: (2 stars)

what they said (Hover the mouse cursor over underlined words for more info)

Fighting cancer is a terribly expensive business. For example, the breakthrough drug Herceptin costs $50,000 a year for every breast cancer patient taking it. All too often, cancer patients have to fight for funding for these costly drugs.

How good it is, therefore, to have a cancer breakthrough of another kind -- a vaccine that will prevent many cases of cervical cancer from happening...

how did it rate? (more information)

Criteria Rating
Total Score 4 of 10
Availability of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Novelty of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Disease Mongering Satisfactory (?)
Treatment Options Not Satisfactory (?)
Costs of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Evidence Not Satisfactory (?)
Quantification of Benefits of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Harms of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Sources of Information Not Satisfactory (?)
Relies on Press Release Not Applicable
Quantification of Harms of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)

what we said (Hover the mouse cursor over underlined words for more info)

While an effective vaccine for the prevention of cervical cancer could be very useful, this article gives no idea of the efficacy of the present vaccine and discusses nothing about potential side effects or how long it would be effective. There are approximately 1.5 million teenage girls in Canada. At $360 US, the cost to vaccinate all these women, would be $600 million for the vaccine alone. Is it worth it? There is no way to figure that out unless we know a lot more about the benefits and harms associated with this vaccine.

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