Iressa

Iressa is an anticancer drug and the only country were it is legally distributed is Japan. This drug is used when all over chemotherapies have failed, as a last chance drug. It was given to 19,000 people, and 494 have developped lung side-effects, 124 died of these side-effects.

The FDA, its Swiss counterpart, and of course the media in US and Europe, are jumping on this, wondering if Iressa is a good drug. But they don't answer to this simple question: 124 died with Iressa but how many of the 19,0000 would be dead now without ?