‘It’s outrageous’: Costly cancer drugs thrown out because of one-size-fits-all packaging

Article Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/cancer-drug-waste-packaging-1.5474471

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

Prescription drug negotiations steeped in secrecy, leaving taxpayers in the dark on costs. The health-care system is wasting millions of dollars by buying cancer medications that are thrown out because of the way they are packaged by drug makers — in one-size-fits-all vials that hold too much for most patients, a study found. “It’s outrageous,” said drug policy researcher Alan Cassels, who is familiar with the study. “We have so many demands on our health-care dollars for drugs and doctors and hospitals and so on. So, to see this kind of waste is appalling.” The waste costs as much as $102 million over a three-year period, according to the study published two years ago in the medical journal Cancer.