Just in Time for Breast Cancer Month, Blue Shield of California Won’t Cover Breast Cancer Drug

Blue Shield of California won’t cover an approved breast cancer drug for women suffering from breast cancer.

For many, this drug is the only thing keeping them alive.

Blue Shield of California will no longer pay for the use of the drug Avastin to treat breast cancer, a sign that support for the widely debated and expensive treatment may be eroding among health plans.

Blue Shield, with 3.2 million members, is apparently the first large insurance company to end payments since a federal advisory committee unanimously recommended in June that the Food and Drug Administration rescind Avastin’s approval as a treatment for breast cancer, saying the drug did not really help patients.

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