FDA trips. They are allowing some cancer sufferers to have access to antineoplastons – an unproven drug promoted by Stanislaw Burzynski, as long as Burzynski isn’t doing the work.
The Food and Drug Administration has agreed to allow a handful of cancer patients to receive unapproved drugs from a controversial Texas doctor, but only if they can find another physician to administer them.
A group of eight contacted the FDA to petition for “compassionate use” of the drug.
Burzynski will supply antineoplastons for free, says his attorney, Richard Jaffe.
One person has found a doctor willing to administer the antineoplastons, but others have not, saying they have contacted dozens of doctors, but a qualified oncologist has not been found who would agree to participate. That’s no suprise. The ANP treatment is called safe and effective by the Burzynski clinic but the FDA does not allow him to say that. It has not been proven. In fact, an investigation of Burzynski ramped up after a child died receiving the treatment. See Burzynski exposed in USA Today
Many doctors are NOT happy that the FDA has done this and they would NOT advise anyone to undergo ANP treatment including Orac who calls this action “stunningly cynical or stunningly naive on the part of the FDA”.
Because of the serious problems at the Burzynski clinic, it’s clear there was no way they could allow him to do the treatment. However, there are serious considerations with the treatment that the FDA has apparently ignored or taken far too lightly. On the other hand, if patients wish to undertake this treatment with all the information pro and con available, they should be able to.
Tip: Bob Blaskiewicz