This YouTube video is heartbreaking. The woman, Darlene, is a dear friend of mine. She is dying of breast cancer.
A promising new drug called pertuzumab is under FDA review right now. The earliest the FDA will approve it is June 8 and the manufacturer won't release it early for compassionate use.
Without the drug, Darlene is likely to die before June 8. With the drug, she has a good chance of stabilizing or even turning her dire health situation around. She previously was on a related drug, Herceptin, and saw amazing results. So right now her life is a horrible game of beat the clock: Will she live long enough to get the life-saving drug she needs? Or will she die just days before the drug is approved?
Please take a moment to watch even 30 seconds of this video. If it gets enough clicks, maybe the drug manufacturer or the FDA will agree to release pertuzumab early for compassionate use. I'm so angry that a drug is being withheld from a dying woman. The drug will almost certainly be approved. What's the harm in releasing it early to the most desperate patients?
By the way, Darlene is a "Mothering" sort of mom. She's all organic and into alternative medicine. She's survived six years at Stage 4 because she blends traditional and alternative treatments.
Thank you for listening.