Sammy Hagar Pleads with FDA to Allow Treatment For Drummer's Wife

02/12/2014
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(American Rock Scene) Former Van Halen and Montrose frontman Sammy Hagar is leading a group of other hard rock musicians in a campaign to get the Food and Drug Administration to approve an experimental treatment for a friend's brain cancer.

Hagar and friends sent a letter to FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and Sammy asked the agency to allow Liza Cozad-Lauser to have access to "an experimental treatment involving the use of antineoplastons."

Cozad-Lauser is the wife of Hagar's drummer, David Lauser, and the other signatories on the letter share the heavy metal connection: Van Halen drummer Michael Anthony; bassist Jack Blades of Night Ranger and guitarist Joe Satriani, who has played with a range of bands including Deep Purple.

But Hagar and pals argue that medical treatment is a personal choice: "We are aware there are differences of opinion within the medical community regarding the efficacy and potential of antineoplastons in treating patients afflicted with this illness," they write. "We are not asking the FDA to take a side in this debate. We are writing to simply urge that Liza be allowed to receive the treatment she seeks while research on the potential of antineoplastons for potential widespread use continues." Read more and find a link to sign the petition.

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