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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.

Reporter(s):
Johnson, Tim;
Jennings, Peter;
Judd, Jackie
Duration:
00:04:00

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