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Big Pharma Puts Big Bets On Cancer Drugs





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For years, leading pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer concentrated their research in the areas of chronic diseases like hypertension. But now with recent advances showing the potential for new anti-cancer drugs, these companies are investing millions of dollars in research and development; Pfizer has around 1,000 researchers working in a facility near San Diego on new cancer treatments. These drugs carry some very high price tags, and their ability to extend life may be quite limited; is this the best way to invest healthcare dollars?

Guests:

Dr. Mace Rothenberg, Director of Clinical Development in Oncology at Pfizer

William Comanor, Professor of Health Services and Professor of Economics at UC Santa Barbara; also Director of the Research Program on Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy at UCLA

Felicia Cohn, Director of Medical Ethics at UC Irvine