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Capitol Health Call
October 13, 2010

Coverage Being Questioned?

JAMA. 2010;304(14):1546. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1417

A June 30 announcement by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that it would assess coverage questions regarding sipuleucel-T, a vaccine against prostate cancer, prompted concerns from 2 senators.

In an August 20 letter to CMS, Sen Arlen Specter (D, Pa) and Sen John Kerry (D, Mass) said they were worried that the agency was questioning coverage of a drug appropriately approved by the Food and Drug Administration (http: //freepdfhosting.com/c71f20a008.pdf).