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Medicine by Averages

Reason Pharm discusses the problem of practicing medicine by averages…though the same arguments are also relevant for restricting care by comparative effectiveness, or practice protocols, or any number of mechanisms which denies choice to each doctor-patient decision making team.

Medicine by Averages
Yesterday, Pfizer “voluntarily” withdrew its leukemia drug Mylotarg from the market (read: withdrew “voluntarily” because the FDA would have made Pfizer pull it otherwise) after a post-FDA-approval study showed that it didn’t slow the advance of leukemia or extend patients’ lives…

…in the aggregate, that is.

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