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Cuban Revolutionary Lung Cancer Vaccine |
Every year many people of different ages suffer and die worldwide from different types of cancers. An estimate made by the American Cancer society states that, in the US alone, in 2014 cancer killed 585,720 and lung cancer was responsible of 159,260 deaths (Deadliest Cancer Coalition, 2014). Lung cancer has become the leading killer cancer and finding better ways to treat it has become a priority for many researchers.
American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2014.
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The vaccine is usually ordered after chemotherapy and radiotherapy has already been given (CIMAVAX-EGF for Non-Small, 2014).
An additional benefit of CimaVax and what makes it an important lung cancer treatment is its ability to increase the overall survival with very minimum toxicity. After performing several small trials using the vaccine, the Cancer Research UK concluded that CimaVax helps lung cancer patients live an average of four to six months longer than those who did not take or follow-up the medication (Dovey, 2015). The vaccine also decreases symptoms like coughing, breathing difficulties, and improves the overall quality of life for lung cancer patients. Side effects that may result from the medication are minor and some of them include chills, fever and nausea.
Another advantage of CimaVax is that it is relatively cheap to produce and to store. Even though each shot costs about $1, the Cuban government has been offering the medicine, which must be taken one shot every month, for free to its patients (Smith, 2015). It may be obvious that the vaccine will not be distributed for free in America due to a completely different health and marketing system, but its low production and storage costs could help reduce the price of CimaVax.
CimaVax in the US
Roswell Park Cancer Institute, which is a research group based in Buffalo, made a deal with a Cuban biotechnology institute to bring CimaVax to the United States. In return, a U.S. company that specializes in enterprise software development will provide healthcare software to a university in Havana. Since EGF plays an important role in other types of cancers, such as breast, prostate, and pancreatic cancer, Roswell Park Cancer Institute experts believe that further research on Cimavax could lead to the development of other vaccines for different kinds of cancers. In addition, they plan to discover methods that can make CimaVax similar to a traditional vaccine that can function as a preventative intervention (Patel, 2015). Nevertheless, the organization must initially follow several procedures in order to obtain FDA’s approval that will allow it to sell the drug in America.
Cuba VS US
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that is responsible for assuring the safety, efficiency, and quality of drugs and vaccines. In America a drug must first be evaluated by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), which is a division of the FDA, before it gets approved for sale. This means that the department must make sure that the medicine been evaluated works properly and that its health benefits are greater than its identified risks. A company or a sponsor that is introducing the new drug initially performs a laboratory and animal tests to determine the safety and the effectiveness of the drug in humans. Once this step is successfully completed, several tests are implemented in people to confirm that the drug...