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Several healthcare groups are planning to stage demonstrations on May 30 over FDA's decision not to approve Provenge for prostate cancer.
Upset that the Food & Drug Administration did not approve Provenge (sipuleucel-T, Dendreon Corp.) for prostate cancer, several healthcare groups are planning to stage coast-to-coast demonstrations on May 30. The groups are angry because an FDA panel had voted 17 to 0 to approve Provenge, yet the agency did not give the go-ahead for its release. As a result, they say that 27,000 men have died since FDA?s decision. Spearheading the demonstration is CareToLive, a nonprofit group seeking transparency from FDA. Joining CareToLive are the Cancer Cure Coalition, the Abigail Alliance, A Right To Live, and the Sarcoma Foundation of America. The groups believe that Provenge is an effective immunotherapy that spurs patients? healthy cells to fight their cancer.