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For Our USA Readers: Office of Men’s Health Petition and Update

Our best chance for establishing an Office of Men's Health in the USA is now, in the early days of this new administration. Our Petition at whitehouse.gov is a first and important step.   Please sign and spread the word.  This effort is entirely up to us.  We can do this! Click and Sign here: [...]

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 [...]

POM Wonderful Misled Its Customers – Do You Take Pomegranate Juice or Supplements?

Many of us have believed that pomegranate juice like POM Wonderful and POMx supplements treat, prevent or reduce the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer or erectile dysfunction?  The simple truth is that this assertion has been called into question and might not be true! According to the Federal Trade Commission and a decision by a U.S. [...]

For USA readers – Protect Our Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Funding

UPDATE June &, 2016 4:30 PM EST We won. The Durbin Amendment to save all cancer research funding at the Department of Defense passed 66-32, saving the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), which includes an important prostate cancer funding resource. Thank you to everyone from Malecare Cancer Support and all of our partner organizations [...]

Myriad Genetics Attempts To Deny Patients Their Personal Genetic Information

 In 2013, Myriad Genetic failed – in a case that was heard in the United States Supreme Court - to patent the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.  We all have these two genes which, when they mutate, are associated with breast, ovarian and prostate cancers. If Myriad succeeded, they would have controlled patents on these genes [...]

Good News, The House Appropriations Committee Increases the Ask For The DoD PCRP Allocation for FY 2017

Today, I have some good news to share with you. Malecare, along with many other prostate cancer advocacy groups have been hard at work attempting to persuade members of Congress to not only maintain the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program (DoD PCRP), but to increase its funding for the next fiscal year. I [...]

Prostate Cancer drugs cost more in the USA than in other countries.

The cost of Enzalutamide (Xtandi) in the United States is being challenged by Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), a public interest advocacy group.  The average US wholesale price of Xtandi in 2015 was $88 per capsule.   That can add up to $129,000 annual cost per man. There are significant issues related to high costs of treatment. [...]

The Cancer Moon Shot – Vice President Biden Speaks to the AACR

I recently returned home from the American Association of Cancer Researchers (AACR) annual meeting held in New Orleans, La. The meeting was, as usual fantastic, but this years conclusion was by far the best I have experienced. The meeting’s closing session was reserved for remarks about the cancer "moonshot" initiative from Vice President Joe Biden. [...]

UK’s NICE Reverses Itself and Now Recommends Zytiga To Treat Men Before Chemotherapy

In a sudden reversal of its prior opinion the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued final guidance recommending Janssen’s Zytiga (abiraterone) to treat advanced prostate cancer before chemotherapy. Its prior recommendation was not to approve Zytiga. TAccording to NICE their decision to change their December 2015 recommendation follows the submission [...]

Of Interest In the News – Surprise Out-of Network Bills and the U.S. Preventive Task Force Becomes Controversial

In an article in Time (3/7 Sweetland Edwards) there is a discussion about the failure of the Affordable Care Act to stop patients from receiving “surprise” bills from their medical providers for services provided. These surprises result from people going to a medical facility, which is in their Network but having some service, provided by [...]

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