Get the FDA to act on BCG Shortage for Bladder Cancer

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There is a global shortage of BCG (Bacille Calmette Guerin), an extremely effective immunotherapy drug used as treatment for bladder cancer. More than 80,000 people in the United States were diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2017.

Currently, Merck is the only manufacturer of BCG. Because of increased global demand, and only a single supplier, there are severe shortages in the U.S. and many other countries for 2019 and beyond.

To minimize disruption to patient care and address the current imbalance between supply and increased global demand, we must get the FDA to act by working with other firms and drug manufacturers that make the drug and ask if they can ramp up production to fill any gap in the domestic supply of the product.

Urge the FDA to identify foreign versions of the product with the same active ingredient manufactured by reputable firms. FDA can then use enforcement discretion for the limited importation of the foreign version until the shortage of the FDA-approved drug is resolved.

Implore that Merck increase the production of the BCG for intravesical use, and not let profit get in the way of saving and improving lives of Bladder Cancer patients.

Merck must have the foresight and properly plan for this highly effective life saving drug to always be accessible and adequately available to cancer patients.

I started this petition because...
My energetic and resilient father is battling Cancer for the third time. Very recently, he was diagnosed with Bladder Cancer. At a young 76 years of age, he underwent a transurethral resection of the bladder in February 2019. A treatment regimen was planned to administer a series of six treatments with BCG, a life saving treatment with minimal side effects. Instead my father had chemotherapy treatment because there were no BCG available. The chemotherapy treatment could not be tolerated and had to be discontinued, severely degrading his quality of life. He remains at risk of the Cancer growing back and spreading, and of not recovering at all. The alternatives to BCG treatment are very costly, life threatening surgeries and treatments. Please help my father and thousands of others live long healthy lives; and not suffer and die because they don't have access to BCG to treat and hopefully beat Bladder Cancer.