- Petitioning Eli Lilly This petition will be delivered to: Eli Lilly
Eli Lilly: My mom is dying. Give her access to the drug she desperately needs.
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My mom, Yu “Denise” Deng, has been fighting gastric cancer for three years. She is only 52 and has endured 10+ surgeries, multiple rounds of chemo, radiation, and throughout it all has managed to maintain her spirit and beautiful warm smile. It has been unimaginably difficult and we are at a point where all but one viable option have been exhausted. The last option is new immunotherapy drug called Ramucirumab, but Eli Lilly, the manufacturer, is refusing her access to the drug.
Ramucirumab been proven to increase the likelihood of survival for late stage gastric cancer patients. It has gone through extensive clinical trials and is in the final stage of approval by the FDA. Unfortunately, the drug isn’t expected to be approved until after April 2014 and lag time for distribution will further delay access to the drug. I’m afraid my mom may not have that much time.
The FDA has programs for exactly these types of situations (Expanded access), but the decision to provide the drug rests wholly on the pharmaceutical company. Eli Lilly has stated that they do not, nor do they plan to, have an expanded use program for Ramucirumab. The rep I spoke with said “because the drug is expected to be approved in 4-6 months, Eli Lilly has chosen not to provide the drug through a compassionate use program at this time.” In other words, the drug is going to be approved quickly, so they don’t see the need to create a special program for just a few patients.
My mom isn’t the only patient whose life depends on quick access to this drug. I know many more patients in Texas. Imagine how many more there are in the US or the world.
We need thousands of supporters to sign the petition and give my mom and the other patients out there a bold, strong, unified voice. We are imploring Eli Lilly to adhere to their company purpose of SAVING LIVES and give my mom and hundreds of other desperate patients access to Ramucirumab now.