Friday, April 11, 2008

NDP questions Williams over PR role in cancer drug approval

From CBC News:
Newfoundland and Labrador's governing Tories were focused on public relations, not just health, while approving a new cancer drug, the New Democratic Party says.

In October 2005, then Health Minister John Ottenheimer solicited cabinet support for subsidizing Herceptin, an expensive but effective drug offered to breast cancer patients in the early stages of the disease.

The briefing document, which has been tabled as an exhibit at the judicial inquiry now examining how a St. John's pathology lab produced hundreds of inaccurate hormone receptor test results, included arguments in favour of approving the drug. ...more

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