Critiquing: Aetna: Antineoplaston Therapy and Sodium Phenylbutyrate

[1] – Aetna, Clinical Policy Bulletin: Number: 0240 Policy claims:

Aetna considers antineoplaston therapy (auto-urine therapy) and associated medical services experimental and investigational because there is insufficient evidence published in the peer-reviewed medical literature validating the effectiveness of antineoplaston therapy for any indication“
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Interestingly, the above “claim” does NOT provide any specific citation(s), reference(s), or link(s) to support this claim

[2] – “auto-urine therapy” is generally defined as using one’s own urine, drinking urine, etc., which is NOT what “antineoplaston therapy” is, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
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[3] – 10/4/1991 – Five doctors (3 from the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Branch (CTEP); including the Head of the Quality Assurance and Compliance Section, Regulatory Affairs Branch, Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program, Department of Health &Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, and 2 invited consultants; including one from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center) visited the offices of Dr. Stanislaw R. Burzynski
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[4] – 10/31/1991 – Michael A. Friedman, M.D. Associate Director, Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP), Department of Health &Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, sent a one page Memorandum to Bruce A. Chabner, M.D., Director, Division of Cancer Treatment, which stated, in part:

“I thought you would be interested in this for several reasons:”

“3. Antineoplastons deserve a closer look”

“It turns out that the agents are well defined, pure chemical entities
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“The human brain tumor responses are real”

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[5] – 11/15/1991 – Michael J. Hawkins, M.D., Chief, Investigational Drug Branch, Department of Health &Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, sent a 7 page letter to Decision Network, which stated, in part, on page one:
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“It was the opinion of the site visit team that antitumor activity was documented in this best case series … “

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[6] – 12/2/91 – NCI (National Cancer Institute), Decision Network Report on Antineoplastons, states in part, on page 11:

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“The site visit team determined that antitumor activity was documented in this best case series … “
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[7] – CANCER FACTS
National Cancer Institute • National Institutes of Health Department of Health and Human Services, Antineoplastons, pg. 1

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“The reviewers of this series found evidence of antitumor activity … “

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[8] – Page 1 of 6, BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama, Antineoplaston Cancer Therapy, Policy #: 280, Category: Medicine, states, in part, on page 2 of 6:

Key Points:
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“The reviewers of this series found evidence of antitumor activity … “
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[9] – ANTINEOPLASTON THERAPY, HS-183, pg. 2
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“After the reviewers found some evidence of antitumor activity … “
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These facts indicate to me that Aetna’s claim about “antineoplastons”, is “debatable”

Maybe they should have learned how to use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
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REFERENCES:
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[1]
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http://www.aetna.com/cpb/medical/data/200_299/0240.html
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[2]
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http://m.cancer.gov/topics/CAM/antineoplastons/Patient
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http://cancer.gov/topics/CAM/antineoplastons/Patient
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http://cancer.gov/topics/CAM/antineoplastons/Patient?print=1
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http://m.cancer.gov/topics/CAM/antineoplastons/Patient?print=1
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[7]
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http://www.emory.edu/KomenEd/PDF/Treatment/Antineoplastons.pdf
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[8]
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https://www.bcbsal.org/providers/policies/final/280.pdf
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[9]
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https://www.wellcare.com/WCAssets/corporate/assets/HS183_Antineoplaston_Therapy.pdf
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