Senate trumps science and approves phosphoethanolamine, a “anticancer pill”The project authorizes production, import, prescription, possession or use of the substance regardless of health registration.
The Senate approved the night of Tuesday the bill authorizing cancer patients to use the synthetic phosphoethanolamine, substance known as cancer pill. According to the text of the Senate Agency, “the project authorizes production, import, prescription, possession or use of the substance regardless of health registration, exceptionally, while ongoing clinical studies on the product”. The project now moves to sanction President Dilma Rousseff.
With the decision, their excellencies trampled the norms of science. The substance has no record of the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) and its use was either tested in humans. The authors of the text passed to the House earlier this month came to contemplate the absence of scientific approval for the release of the drug. According to Article 2 of the bill, “can make use of synthetic phosphoethanolamine, by choice, patients diagnosed with malignancy, provided they fulfill the following conditions: medical report certifying the diagnosis and signing consent and responsibility for the patient or his legal representative”.
In theory, phosphoethanolamine not to interfere cell cycle, blocking the irregular cell proliferation, one of the mechanisms associated with cancer. substance, created by retired teacher Gilberto Chierice, Chemistry Institute of the University of São Paulo (USP) San Carlos, There is spread over 20 years without registration Anvisa.