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
One CVS Drive
Woonsocket, Rhode Island 02895
Get your family and friends to also reach out to Dr. Brennan and CVS.