Re: [MOL] ZD1839 CLINICAL TRIALS FOR LUNG CANCER/REPLY [00992] Medicine On Line


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The physican should write to the drug company, he carries more clout.
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----- Original Message -----
From: Abbey <cabbey@excel.net>
To: <mol-cancer@lists.meds.com>
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2000 4:08 PM
Subject: [MOL] ZD1839 CLINICAL TRIALS FOR LUNG CANCER


> Hello,
>
> I am writing on behalf of a family member who has non-small cell lung
> cancer, Stage IV. It is in both lungs and has metastasized to the lymph
> nodes in the Mediatstynum. His physician has indicated that he is an ideal
> candidate for ZD1839. He tests positive for EGF (epidermal growth factor),
> which bodes well for his responding well to this drug. The problem is that
> time is of the essence, and the next trials (phase III) aren't to begin
for
> at least a couple of months. We are desperately looking into the concept
of
> compassionate pleas where a patient can get the drugs outside the confines
> of a clinical trial when time is of the essence. It is our understanding
> that one must write directly to the drug company for this. We are trying
to
> find out how does one go about getting such a thing? Exactly who do we
write
> at AstraZeneca? Should we phone? Should the physician write as well?
>
> If anyone can offer any assistance at all in this matter, we would be
deeply
> grateful.
>
> Thank you.
>
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