A new study indicates that when taking an expensive prostate cancer drug, eating a low-fat meal when taking it can cut the dosage of the drug, and therefore the cost-by three-quarters
Researchers from the University of Chicago say the drug’s label instructs patients to fast before taking it. However, eating a low-fat meal improves the absorption of the drug tremendously.
Zytiga costs more than $9,000 a month and patients typically remain on the drug for 12 to 18 months. And according to UPI, even patients with the best health insurance can have co-pays of $1,000 to $3,000 a month.
The increase in efficiency of the drug could allow the dosage to be reduced by as much as 75%, which could save patients tens of thousands of dollars over time.
Could cancer drugs find a cure for HIV?
Scientists in Paris may have just discovered a potential cure to treat HIV… Researchers found that cancer treatments may also help unlock the cure for the virus. HIV requires daily antiviral treatment, which could lead to AIDS if left untreated.
“The parallels between HIV persistence and cancer are striking,” Francoise Barré-Sinoussi, former president of International AIDS Society. Scientists are now testing how cancer drugs can impact HIV.