ODAC Jumps Off Padzur's Railroad and Refuses to Join Media Circus

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  • 03/13/2008
The best part of the ODAC meeting was when the committee as a whole dismissed Richard Padzur question -- designed to prop up an increasingly suspect coverage decision by CM -- asking to slap a one-size fits all dosing limit on ESAs. To quote one panelists: "This is silliness." Other comments could be characterized as dismissive.

In general the panel appeared perturbed that the FDA essentially did not provide it with either an objective or complete picture of the overall risks and benefits of ESA use in chemotherapy. The same goes with Padzur's lame attempt to misconstrue his negative opinion of the nature of quality of life data because most of it is observational study as the final word on the subject. He fooled the media who failed to look deeply into the data but not practicing oncologists on the panel.

Of course the media had all but predicted the demise of ESAs and is treating the ODAC decision as some sort of upset. Read the CNN.com piece below. You can just feel the shock and disappointment....Ultimately companies and doctors will have to work together to come up with more patient-centric data on who the drugs work for. If they had done this in the first place, the generalized concerns about safety could have been mitigated. Let's hope they do so going forward.

The committee did the right thing by swatting away Padzur's thinly veiled attemtp to manipulate them into affirming CMS' wrongheaded coverage decision. It did the right thing by giving doctors flexibility and recommending limiting use in areas where no benefit seems to exist.


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