Posted by Dave Berry
By Jason Hancock
JEFFERSON CITY — There’s little debate over the advantages of treating cancer with a pill compared to intravenously.
Conventional IV chemotherapy comes with a litany of side effects, often kills healthy cells along with cancer and must be administered in a medical facility. Oral chemotherapy, by contrast, has fewer and less severe side effects and can be taken at home.
How much that pill should cost is a different matter altogether.
Lawmakers are considering legislation making Missouri the 28th state to bar insurance companies from charging higher co-payments and deductibles for chemotherapy medication taken in pill form.
It’s an idea that has once again set the stage for a showdown between insurance companies, cancer advocates and the pharmaceutical industry.
Its supporters contend the legislation is simply about ensuring patients aren’t priced out of the best treatment available.
Source: The Kansas City Star