Vincristine is an extremely important chemotherapy given to thousands of children to treat a variety of cancers. As a childhood leukemia survivor, this drug helped save my life. As a pediatric oncology nurse, I see it help save the lives of my patients every day. These kids rely on this drug to survive.
Teva Pharmaceuticals has made a “business decision” to stop producing vincristine. This is causing a nationwide shortage of this important drug. These kids are fighting for their lives, and now they will be losing one of their most important weapons.
Teva is saying that profit is more important than the lives of children.