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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2005
MEDIA ADVISORY: Cancer Lifeline Presented with More Than $24,000


Attorney General Rob McKenna will present Cancer Lifeline with a check for $24,182 to benefit cancer patients. The grant is a portion of a multi-state settlement with drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb, which developed and marketed late-stage cancer drug Taxol.

Cancer Lifeline operates a statewide 24-hour-a-day phone service offering support and resources to patients and their families. The nonprofit provides the toll free line to increase support opportunities for rural residents.

The antitrust suit alleged that Bristol-Myers Squibb engaged in illegal patent activities that delayed the availability of lower-priced generic versions of the drug. As a result, thousands of cancer patients nationwide paid inflated prices for chemotherapy.

WHAT: Presentation of Taxol Settlement Award to Cancer Lifeline

WHO: Attorney General Rob McKenna, Cancer Lifeline Executive Director Jan Gray, Board of Directors, Volunteers and Staff.

WHEN: Nov. 1, 2005

  • 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Program highlights below.

WHERE: Cancer Lifeline
Dorothy S. O’Brien Center
6522 Fremont Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
http://www.cancerlifeline.org/index.html

BEST COVERAGE OPPORTUNITIES:

3:00 p.m. - Welcome: Attorney General Rob McKenna

3:05 p.m. – Presentation of Award Check and Speeches

  • Attorney General Rob McKenna presents award settlement check and speaks
  • Cancer Lifeline Executive Director Jan Gray and Board President Jane Caron speak

3:30 p.m. – Attorney General Tours Facility

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For more information, Kristin Alexander, Public Information Officer, (206) 464-6432, kalexander@atg.wa.gov

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