On June 30th, thousands will take to the streets around the nation in an organized rally to raise awareness for cancer treatment, specifically highlighting the FDA’s questionable decision to keep Dendreon’s (DNDN) prostate cancer vaccine, Provenge, off the market last year.
As I’ve emphasized many times before, the FDA’s advisory panel of 17 declared Provenge safe by a 17-0 margin and also declared that Provenge demonstrated efficacy with a 13-4 vote.
Indications were that the FDA would approve based on the advisory committee’s vote, in effect marking a breakthrough for cancer treatment and marking a move forward in the way the FDA approves cancer treatments, as Provenge demonstrated the ability to extend the lives of prostate cancer patients.
After the FDA denied approval of Provenge, instead chosing to wait until interim results are released from an ongoing Phase III trial, two of the doctors who voted on the Advisory Committee were found to have financial ties to a company working on a competing drug to treat prostate cancer. Questions and lawsuits followed, headed mainly by Care to Live, a non profit, patient-advocacy organization dedicated to gaining the approval of Provenge and extending the lives of cancer patients through the use of new, novel therapies such as Provenge.
Care to Live organized the rallies that will take place around the country on June 30th, and the locations and contact info are listed below.
Seattle, Washington — 1 PM PDT
Westlake Park (Downtown) — 400 Pine St
Coordinator - Jason Burdine firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicago, Illinois — 3 PM CDT
ASCO / McCormick Place — 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Coordinator - Sean Morgan - email@example.com
Co-coordinator - Arnie Mass - Ammass14@aol.com
Cleveland, Ohio — 4 PM EDT
Public Square outside terminal tower — downtown
Coordinator - Kerry Donahue - firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-coordinator - Mike Bauman - email@example.com
Dearborn, Michigan — 3 PM EDT
Rep. John Dingell’s Office — 19855 West Outer Drive — Suite 103-E
Coordinator - Gregg Burch - firstname.lastname@example.org
Madison, Wisconsin — 4 PM CDT
Wisconsin State Capitol Building — 2 East Main Street
Coordinator - Melody Davis - MDavis@caretolive.com
Tampa, Florida — 3 PM EDT
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
University of South Florida
12902 Magnolia Drive
Coordinator - Ardeis Scott, MD - email@example.com
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — 2 PM EDT
2 PM Assemble and pass out flyers at 12th & Market Street for march to FDA at
4 PM — 200 Chestnut Street U.S. Customhouse Building
Coordinator - Mike Kearney - firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-coordinator- Rory Kearney - email@example.com
New York, NY — 9 AM ESDT
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center — 1275 York Avenue
Co-Coordinators - Leslie Mulkey - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Ward - email@example.com
Atlanta, Georgia — 3 PM EDT
Atlanta FDA Regional Office — 60 Eighth St. N.E.
Coordinator- Bob Madden - firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information go to www.CareToLive.com