Contact CVS and Demand They Get Out of Our Doctor's Office and Supply the Cancer Drugs Our Doctors Prescribe

CVS Pharmacy is hurting millions of cancer patients by refusing to sell, after January 2017, some cancer treatment drugs, like Tasigna for leukemia, Xtandi for advanced prostate cancer and the chemotherapy treatment drug Neupogen.

CVS claims these drugs cost too much and that there are cheaper alternatives. This is NOT true. There is no drug that are an alternative to Xtandi. Their claims are a lie.

They claim that Zytiga is an alternative, it is not. Zytiga has a different mode of action.

We need both of these life extending drugs.

CVS should not be sitting with us in our doctor’s office deciding on what drugs would be best for us based only on their economic bottom line.

Get CVS out of our doctor’s office. CVS is not our doctor.

CVS is putting profit over our care.

As Daryl has asked, tell them that it is their obligation to follow our doctor’s orders and not to second-guess the decisions we make with our doctors. We pay insurance premiums so that they will supply us the drugs we require, that is the contract.

If CVS can make money by selling cheap cosmetics and imported cookies, then CVS can make money off of lifesaving drugs.

Now, it’s up to us, our families and friend to make phone calls, write letters or send emails to change the course of this wrongheaded move. I have made it clear that I will not go into any CVS store and buy anything from them unless they reverse this terrible position.

Join me and so many others and tell CVS’ Medical Director to sell all FDA approved cancer drugs, not just the ones that give CVS the most profit. Contact CVS at:

401-770-4801 and 401-651-3137

Troyen Brennan, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Director

CVS Health

One CVS Drive

Woonsocket, Rhode Island 02895

Get your family and friends to also reach out to Dr. Brennan and CVS.

3 Replies

  • Hi

    I called local pharmacy not aware. If they are doing this we - anyone who has cancer - must come together and file a class action. There are enough of us and many philanthropist out there who would support this. Is there other ways we can get the word out? This is the biggest pharmacy in the country. If anyone did this it would be the beginning of the next step for passive euthanasia Thanks

  • John, I have heard from them. The individual who I spoke with told me that he is trying to work out a system for exceptions and to grandfather anyone who is already getting Xtandi. I told him that was not acceptable, people should not have to jump through hoops and apply for an exception to get Xtandi. This is not acceptable. He indicated that he would get back to me before Thanksgiving.

    We need to continue to swamp them with phone calls and emails to be sure that they hear us. If we don't get it placed back into formulary I do have another next step in mind, but we all will need to join together to make it work. So, please send your emails and make the phone calls (actually do both). Also have friends and family join in, we need for CVS to understand that this decision will cost them and if necessary we will find a way to impact their cookies and candy profits.


  • I have a plan with silverscript whcich has its own formulary with Medicare part D and I get my meds thru Walgreens. There's plenty of competition for CVS.

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