Are many new cancer drugs being concocted in the lab and released to the public without any proof of their efficacy? A recent study that examined the effect of drugs released since 2009 found that more than half had showed no benefits in terms of survival rate of quality of life of the patients.

A study of evidence of benefits of cancer drugs approved by European Medicines Agency published in the British Journal of Medicine examined the clinical evaluations done prior to the approval of 48 cancer treatment drugs. After pouring through the evaluations, the researchers concluded that more than half had been approved for use in an absence of any benefits for either longer survival or quality of life benefits.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.