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Medicine / Cancer Pill #196907

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 10, 2001
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced. [Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy THOMPSON - announces a medical breakthrough.]

(Washington: Jackie Judd) Government approval of the new cancer drug Gleevec for treating chronic myeloid leukemia featured. [THOMPSON - says the drug appears to change the odds for patients.] [Leukemia PATIENT, National Cancer Institute Richard KLAUSNER - comment on the drug.] [Oregon Health Sciences University Dr. Brian DRUKER - cites the lack of insurance coverage for the drug.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The fact that patients over 65 will not have access to Gleevec because Medicare does not pay for prescription drugs noted. [KLAUSNER - says Medicare rules will have to be evaluated.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings, Boston: Tim Johnson) The significance of this cancer drug in that it targets cancer cells alone and the issue of pressure on insurance and Medicare to pay for it discussed.

Johnson, Tim;
Jennings, Peter;
Judd, Jackie

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