Why doesn’t this kind of cost analysis make it into stories?
An AP story last week on Avodart being tried for prostate cancer DID give the NNT or number needed to treat, but didn’t project the cost analysis behind that NNT.
The story said that “to prevent a single case of cancer, 71 men would have to take finasteride [a similar drug] for 7 years.” But it didn’t then do the math. The story says Avodart is $3 per pill, so—
71 men x 365 days/yr. x 7 yrs. x $3/pill = $544,215 to prevent a single case of prostate cancer.
How can these kinds of numbers be left out of stories?