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FDA to Import Cancer Drug from China to Help Patients in Need

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Wednesday that it will allow imports of a cancer drug from China to help address an ongoing shortage. The drug, cisplatin, is used to treat a variety of cancers, including bladder, lung, and ovarian cancer.

The shortage of cisplatin has been ongoing for several months, and it has led to some patients being unable to get the treatment they need. The FDA said that the decision to allow imports of the drug from China was made after a careful review of the safety and quality of the product.

The FDA said that the imports of cisplatin from China will be temporary, and that the agency will continue to work with manufacturers to address the shortage.

The announcement of the FDA's decision was met with relief by some patients and healthcare providers. "This is a great day for patients who have been struggling to get this important cancer drug," said Dr. David Smith, a oncologist at the Mayo Clinic. "The FDA's decision will help to ensure that patients have access to the treatment they need."

The FDA's decision is a positive step, but it is important to note that the shortage of cisplatin is not over. The agency said that it will continue to work with manufacturers to address the shortage, and that it will provide updates as more information becomes available.

In the meantime, patients who are struggling to get cisplatin should talk to their doctor about their options. There may be other drugs that can be used to treat their cancer, or there may be ways to get the cisplatin that they need.

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