Joel Lexchin, M.D., from York University in Toronto, reports that 71 drugs approved by the FDA from 2002 to 2014 for solid tumors have resulted in median gains in progression-free and overall survival of 2.5 and 2.1 months, respectively. He also points out that a similar study of solid cancer drugs within 10 years of EMA approval improved survival by slightly over a month.

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