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CareToLive Reports: The FDA Fiddles While 30,000 Men Burn
Date:11/26/2007

DUBLIN, Ohio, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- /CTL/ -- CareToLive, a not for profit corporation, received a set back in a lower Federal Court last Wednesday in its fight against the FDA on behalf of terminal cancer patients. Undeterred, they announced that they will immediately file an appeal in the 6th Circuit Court in Ohio.

"Men are dying while a safe, effective treatment languishes outside of their grasp," said CareToLive spokesperson, Melody Davis. "Congress needs to wake up and hold hearings immediately! We are going to intensify our advocacy efforts on behalf of cancer patients. We feel the real reasons for the delay were financial and political conflicts. The FDA continues to ignore the cries of the 30,000 men dying of prostate cancer each year, and refuses to protect their health and well being as they are sworn to do."

"The evidence clearly shows our government violated these men's right to live," said Mike Kearney, a CareToLive board member. "They can say it, explain it, and infer it any way they want, but the truth is they allowed over 16,000 men to die since May 8th without treatment, while other men profited handsomely during their demise."

There has been only one approved treatment for late stage prostate cancer in over 42 years. The FDA decision was unprecedented in a late stage disease where the FDA special Advisory Panel of experts voted overwhelmingly that Provenge is safe and effective and no viable alternatives exist. Financially conflicted panel members, after failing to sabotage Provenge during the advisory meeting, "leaked" letters fraught with misinformation to improperly lobby FDA decision-makers and place public pressure on those decision-makers.

"The FDA makes up its rules as it goes along," Mr. Kearney continued, "and it does not follow its own rules, ignores congressional mandates and apparently answers to no one. The lower court indicated that the case is not reviewable as the FDA has not yet made a final deci
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