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Cancer Drug Safety and Public Health Policy

A Changing Landscape

  • Analyzes current policy trends regarding cancer drug safety

  • Explains the policy implications of recent legal settlements

  • Covers issues in identification and reporting of ADRs

Part of the book series: Cancer Treatment and Research (CTAR, volume 184)

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About this book

This book offers a wide-ranging description and analysis of recent developments and current trends in health policy with regard to cancer drug safety. The book opens with an overview of pharmacovigilance for cancer blockbuster drugs, covering both general considerations and efforts to develop a structured framework for the identification and reporting of adverse drug reactions (ADRs). A number of important examples of serious ADRs to hematology and oncology drugs are then reviewed, with evaluation of the lessons learned and the policy implications of the ensuing legal cases and their settlements. Further, the difficulty of reporting such blockbuster side effects in the medical literature is explored in an empirical study. Significant advances have been achieved in analytic methods for the identification of ADRs, and here there is a particular focus on the value of optimal discriminant analysis. Finally, the impacts on pharmacovigilance and drug safety of the huge fines paid under the U.S. False Claims Act relating to the defrauding of governmental programs also receive careful attention – these fines are playing an important role in changing the landscape for pharmaceutical safety.


  • Health Policy
  • Novel Informatics
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Cancer Drug Safety
  • Cancer Blockbuster Drogs
  • Pharmaceutical Safety
  • Identification and Reporting of Advere Drug Reaction
  • Legal Settlements
  • Multi-Optimal Discriminant Analysis
  • Adverse Drug Events and Reports (RADAR)
  • Southern Network on Adverse Reactions (SONAR)
  • Anaphylaxis Among Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
  • Gadolinium-Associated Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis
  • Thalidomide- and Lenalidomide-associated Venous Thromboembolism
  • Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy
  • Fluoroquinolones and Neuropsychiatric Toxicity
  • Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors and Hepatitis B Reactivation
  • False Claims Actions
  • Peginesatide- and Immediate and Fatal Anaphylaxis

Editors and Affiliations

  • College of Pharmacy, University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA

    Charles Bennett

  • University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA

    Courtney Lubaczewski, Bartlett Witherspoon

About the editors

Charles L Bennett, MD PhD MPP, SmartState Chair and Frank P and Josie M Fletcher Chair of Medication Safety and Efficacy and Director, SmartState Center for Medication Safety and Efficacy, is also a Visiting Scholar at the City of Hope National Cancer Institute Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, California and is the co-editor of this book, Cancer Policy (2nd Edition). Dr. Bennett is a Phi Beta Kappa and High Honors graduate in mathematics from Swarthmore College, earned his medical degree in 1981 from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and completed internal medicine, hematology, and oncology training at the Michael Reese Hospital and the University of Chicago Pritzger School of Medicine before completing his PhD and Masters In Public Policy degrees with honors in social science at the RAND Pardee Graduate School of Public Policy in Santa Monica, California. He has led a 20- year National Institutes of Health funded pharmacovigilance called the Research on Adverse Drug events And Reports (RADAR) and subsequently called to Southern Network on Adverse drug Reactions (SONAR) at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy. 

Courtney Lubaczewski is a fourth-year undergraduate at the University of South Carolina Honors College and the co-editor of Cancer Policy with Charles L Bennett MD PhD MPP. She was a co-author on the 2021 PLOS One article on harms to physicians who report serious adverse drug reactions.

Bartlett Witherspoon, MBA is a third-year medical student at the Medical University of South Carolina and a graduate of Vanderbilt University’s Master’s in Business Administration program. He is an active co-investigator with Dr. Bennett and the SONAR project and has been a lead co-investigator on published manuscripts on fluoroquinolone-associated disability and on biosimilar oncology products.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Cancer Drug Safety and Public Health Policy

  • Book Subtitle: A Changing Landscape

  • Editors: Charles Bennett, Courtney Lubaczewski, Bartlett Witherspoon

  • Series Title: Cancer Treatment and Research

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Series ISSN: 0927-3042

  • Series E-ISSN: 2509-8497

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 167

  • Number of Illustrations: 6 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Oncology, Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
This title has not yet been released. You will be able to pre-order it soon.