Recent Posts on Compassionate Use

Social Security’s Compassionate Allowances explained

October 1st, 2011|

The United States Social Security Administration (SSA) pays disability benefits to people who cannot work because they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. Federal law requires this very strict definition of disability. While some programs give money to people with partial disability or short-term disability, Social Security does not.

Member Story – Judi Lifton

November 11th, 2007|

Judi Lifton had no idea what she was getting into when she tried to get compassionate use of AMN107 for her partner, Leland Emerson. He could not qualify for the trial as he had already taken Gleevec, Sutent and AMG706. Being ever the vigilant caregiver, Judi began the process which would end up consuming all of her time and possibly her sanity.

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Darlene Vaughan – In Memoriam

April 26th, 2004|

Darlene Joyce Vaughan, 61, one of the “miracle patients” whose clinical trial experience helped speed government approval of Gleevec, died April 25 in Mesa, Ariz. Vaughan was one of the handful of clinical trial patients profiled in the book, “Magic Cancer Bullet,” written by Dr. Daniel Vasella, chairman and chief executive officer of the pharmaceutical company Novartis.

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