Here is an article about a wealthy MM patient, Fred Baron, who received an experimental drug for myeloma after the manufacturer, Biogen, was lobbied by family friends Lance Armstrong, Bill and Hilary Clinton, John Lerry, and Senator Ted Kennedy.
I'm not sure how I feel about this. I certainly understand how any family would use whatever means it could to obtain a treatment that they feel may be life saving.
The durg, Tysabri, generic name natalizumab, is approved for treatment of Multiple Sclerosis and Crohn's disease. There is a clinical trial underway studying the use of the drug for MM, but Mr. Baron did not meet the criteria for the trial.
It does seem unfair however that "Joe-six pack", average Joe, or Joe the plumber can't have the same access.
Both our presidential candidates are going to fix the access to care problem, right? That's a subject for another post!