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U.S. cancer doctors drop pricey drugs with little or no effect
Yahoo! News

U.S. oncologists, aware that patients are paying more of the costs of expensive cancer drugs, are increasingly declining to prescribe medicines that have scant or no effect, even as a last resort.

At least half a dozen drugs, including colon cancer treatments Cyramza, from Eli Lilly & Co, and Stivarga, sold by Bayer AG, aren’t worth prices that can exceed $100,000 a year, top cancer specialists said in interviews with Reuters.

If specialists do start considering a drug’s cost in their prescribing habits, such decisions could dent the multibillion-dollar cancer drug business of companies from Roche Holding AG to Celgene Corp.

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