$75,000 to Extend Life for 42 days?

[ By on July 14, 2014 ]

Zaltrap is a drug that has been approved by the FDA for treatment of advanced colon cancer. The life-extension median of the drug is 42 days, however the price is staggering. It is expected of a doctor to disregard price when it comes to medicine, however several doctors at Sloan Kettering agreed to not offer the drug in their hospital. Read the article here and leave a comment. (Thanks to Jason Schoen for this post.)

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2 Comments on “$75,000 to Extend Life for 42 days?”

  1. KNF

    I believe that if a drug such as Zaltrap or Avastin has the ability to save your life or someones life, there is no price that can be labeled as to much. Life is everything and even if the cost of saving yourself could put you in debt for the rest of your life, I believe it is worth it to live. There is no reason that Sloan Kettering should not offer the drug in there hospital. However if there is an alternative method such as Avastin which will be as effective for a smaller price then that is the drug of preference. If the taking the drug and living an extra 42 days will not save your life then I would not offer the drug because it is a waste of money.

  2. KNF

    Whether you want to keep living or not is up to you. You can either spend a ton of money to stay alive, or you could live the rest of your life in fear knowing that you could die any second. Yes, 75,000 dollars is a lot of money but I do not think it is that absurd of a price when your life is on the line. You only live one life, and I know if I was on the verge of death due to colon cancer I would want to extend my life for even just one more day. It all depends on the person, but if a happy, wealthy person had the opportunity to use Zaltrap I do not see why he or she would not do it.

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