New Missouri law limits cost of chemotherapy pills

5 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Tuesday, December 30 2014 Dec 30, 2014 Tuesday, December 30, 2014 3:11:17 PM CST December 30, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Cancer medicine that previously could cost thousands of dollars soon will cost Missourians at most $75 a month.

State lawmakers and cancer patient advocates say the new state law taking effect Thursday will increase access to chemotherapy pills.

They say those drugs typically have fewer harmful side effects compared to traditional intravenous chemotherapy.

But previously the pills cost patients thousands of dollars more than the IV procedure.

Other laws that will take effect in 2015 include one requiring that women be notified after a mammogram that dense breast tissue can hide signs of cancer.

Another mandates that the state create a handbook to help train adult daycare providers, and one will increase fees for companies that violate federal natural gas safety standards.

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