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US gets lower return on its cancer drug spending, study finds

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2494 (Published 03 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2494
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

Increased spending on cancer drugs has yielded significant benefits in terms of years of life gained, but compared with other developed nations the United States has seen the smallest return on its investment, a new study has found.1

Researchers compared changes in spending on cancer drugs and changes in years of potential life lost due to neoplasms from 2004 to 2014 in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

“All nine countries—most notably France and …

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