Navigation Links
Men's Health Policy Center Hosts Petition to Protest Government Barrier to Prostate Cancer Medications

WASHINGTON, March 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Men's Health Policy Center, a new resource center affiliated with the Men's Health Network (MHN), announced today that they are hosting an online petition urging Congress to end a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) practice that unfairly restricts prostate cancer patients' access to drug therapies.

"This petition allows people who are impacted by prostate cancer to raise their united voices and let their Congressional leaders know that they are opposed to this policy," said Theresa Morrow, Director of Marketing and External Relations for MHN. "In order to ensure the best quality of life, prostate cancer patients should be treated according to the most effective treatment for them as determined by their physician and not according to what is cheapest."

The policy, known as "least costly alternative" (LCA), allows CMS to deny the additional payment for certain cancer therapies based solely on cost with no consideration for the clinical recommendations given by a patient's own physician. Groups such as the National Prostate Cancer Coalition, the Prostate Health Education Network, and Us TOO have also urged Congress and the Administration to drop the LCA policy for prostate cancer therapies.

"As a prostate cancer survivor, I struggle daily with the emotional and financial ramifications of my illness, and the last thing I need to worry about is how to pay for the care that's best for me. I believe all men should have access to the full range of treatments available without the federal government coming in between my doctor and me," said William Palos, a survivor from Illinois. "With nearly 200,000 men diagnosed with this disease each year, I don't think we should be singled out and forced to settle for substandard care."

Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among men and is the second leading cause of cancer death among men. This cancer disproportionately affects the elderly and African-American men. According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 5,700 African-American men die from prostate cancer each year with a death rate that is 2.4 times higher than white men.

The petition urges Congress to demand the reversal of the use of LCA for prostate cancer drug therapies to ensure patients have access to vital drug treatments.

To view the petition, go to the Men's Health Policy Center website at:

Men's Health Policy Center (MHPC) is a public policy resource center, affiliated with Men's Health Network, that enables readers to better understand complex issues and advocate for the health and well being of men and their families.

Our goal is to improve the lives of every person by providing him or her with the tools necessary to make change. MHPC empowers individuals by offering strategies and tools that are helpful in advocating for better men's health. On federal and state levels of government, we offer information about key legislation and government initiatives. MHPC provides coverage of the legislative process, and the impact it will have on men and their families. As a part of that process, MHPC will periodically host letter-writing campaigns for individuals to voice their concern about key issues.

SOURCE Men's Health Network
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Siemens Installs First High-Definition PET-CT
2. Siemens Urological Systems Tap U.S. Market
3. Siemens Consortium to Construct Particle Therapy Center at the University Clinic of Schleswig-Holstein
4. Siemens Showcases Latest Ultrasound Technologies at AIUM 2008
5. Siemens Introduces New Dual Energy Applications to SOMATOM Definition
6. VIDEO from Medialink and Siemens: NFL Stars Stress the Importance of a Healthy Heart
7. Siemens Signs New Revenue Cycle Management Customers
8. Trial finds tenofovir gel safe for daily use and most women adhered to study regimens
9. Americans Believe Pettitte had Conversations with Clemens Regarding Both Players Use of HGH
10. Siemens Receives FDA Approval for the VERSANT 440 Molecular System
11. Specimens in BODY WORLDS Exhibitions Stem Primarily from German Body Donation Program
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, can now turn to Dr. Jessica ... Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. Dorsey brings specialization to include Mohs ... Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was under the direction of Glenn Goldstein, ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, ... and his M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained ... Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... A recent article published June ... with. The article goes on to state that individuals are now more comfortable seeking ... common operations such as calf and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles area medical group, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Sessions in Dallas that it will receive two significant new grants to support ... as PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin and ... that call for a minimum wage raise to $12 an hour by 2020 and then ... will restore the lost value of the minimum wage, assure the wage floor does not ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 ... CAPR ), a biotechnology company focused on ... today announced that patient enrollment in its ongoing ... Duchenne) has exceeded 50% of its 24-patient target. ... in the third quarter of 2016, and to ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... the establishment of Astellas Farma Colombia (AFC), a new affiliate with operations headquartered in Bogota. Colombia ... ... Sandra ... ... Astellas is a pharmaceutical company ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016  Experian Health, ... and transforming the patient payment and care ... innovative new products and services that will ... revenue cycle offerings. These award-winning solutions will ... workflows, remain compliant in an ever-changing environment ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: