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W5 investigates the high cost of Celgene’s Thalidomide

http://watch.ctv.ca/news/w5/pills-patients–profits/#clip281624 Canada’s news program, W5 (which I assume is shorthand for who, what, when, where and why) , did a program called, “Pills Patients & Profits.”  You can see the entire segment on their web site.  Click on the link or image above to watch part 3, which focuses on the cost of thalidomide (Celgene’s …

Lingering effects of peripheral neuropathy

I started to get some neuropathy just a few months into my first treatment, which was Thalomid. I knew it was a possibility, but I’m hopelessly optimistic, and assumed it wouldn’t happen to me. I quit taking thalidomide within 8 months, because I didn’t want the neuropathy to progress beyond a point that I thought …

Myeloma treatment drug maker Celgene flagged for a buy

Probably most of us who’ve had treatment for our myeloma have been prescribed one of the drugs manufactured by Celgene.   Celgene makes Revlimid® (lenalidomide) and Thalomid® (thalidomide). That really annoying guy on TV, Jim Cramer (Mad Money, CNBC), says it’s on his list of stuff to buy.   According to the CNBC site: So when do …

Thalidomide, Celgene and the High Cost of Staying Alive

By Dennis Hemus Many Multiple Myeloma patients have been damaged by the high cost of drug treatment and worse some do not receive treatment at all because of cost. The following is a brief summary of how I came to intimately know the drug Thalidomide and the journey it has taken me on. I was …

Long car ride

On Sunday I drove a friend to Rocky Mount, NC to visit some friends. It was 2 hours each way, with a few hours in between. By the time I got home, my feet felt as though they were in flames and someone was beating on the soles with a hammer.  From the knees down …

Side effects?

Last night I started to develop a few little itchy spots on my arms and hands and my right eyelid swelled a little. By morning, the spots on my arms and hands were gone, but my entire right eyelid was swollen and red. At this moment, both eyelids are swollen and red, and so are …

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