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What’s the Follow-Up Plan After a Clinical Trial?

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Published on March 21, 2019

Patient Power community member Katie wants to know more about how a cancer patient’s health is monitored after participating in a clinical trial. During this Clinical Trial MythBusters segment, Mel Mann, a chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) patient and the longest living #Gleevec survivor, and noted clinical trials expert Dr. Richard Schilsky, from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, discuss doctors’ visits, testing and long-term coverage of trial medicines. Watch now to hear both patient and expert perspectives on post-trial follow-up care.

This is a Patient Empowerment Network program produced by Patient Power. We thank AbbVie, Inc., Astellas, Celgene Corporation, and Novartis for their support.


Transcript | What’s the Follow-Up Plan After a Clinical Trial?

Typically the drugs continue to be provided for free for as long as the patient continues to benefit. Now, sometimes if the drug ultimately gets FDA approved, then it may be necessary at some time in the future for a patient to switch over from the research drug to the commercial drug, but of course at that time the drug is FDA approved. And if the person has insurance, it will generally be covered by their insurance.  

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