New research suggests that the pill does not actually kill cancerous cells.
The study, published in the journal Science, looked at a drug called Jagged Little Pill, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating cancer pain.
According to the study, Jagged was found to have no effect on the growth of any kind of cancer cell, including breast, colon, and lung cancer.
“Jagged Little pills are not a cure for cancer.
They do not protect against cancer cells from growing and multiplying in the body,” study co-author Dr. John R. Rafferty, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco, told The Huffington Post.
Despite that, Jagger is one of a growing number of anti-cancer drugs that are being prescribed for cancer patients who were not actually diagnosed with cancer.
“There are people who are on Jagged, there are people on a combination of Jagged and other drugs, there is a group of people that are in remission and then there are some that are not,” Rafferter said.
“So the question is, is it a good thing that Jagged is being prescribed?”
He continued, “What we’re saying is, Jags are not drugs for cancer but there are so many drugs out there for other kinds of cancers.
If there are cancer cells in the blood and the blood is not properly filtered, you can get cancer cells and then you can treat those cancer cells.
But we don’t have a drug that is the cure for all cancers.”
While Jagged Pill may be a promising treatment for cancer, Rafferting added, the drug’s safety profile is very low.
“Jagged is an injectable drug and the drug is a combination with other drugs.
It is not a miracle pill, it is not an anti-inflammatory pill, and it does not kill any cancer cells,” he said.
Rafferter continued, “[The drug] doesn’t kill cancer in the patient.
It kills cancer cells, but it doesn’t actually kill them.
So we’re not really talking about a miracle drug.”
The drug, which is not approved for cancer treatment, has been linked to some serious side effects.
In March, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that one pill in three people taking the pill developed “headaches and vomiting.”
“There’s really no way that the drug can be used to treat cancer,” said Raffertt, “and the drugs in the pipeline are not likely to be helpful.”
Raffit said the study also found that Jagger did not help people who have high blood pressure, diabetes, or hypertension, all of which are common side effects of Jagger.
Even when the pill was used to fight the rare form of the cancer, it was found not to help the cancer cells even though the drug has been used to help fight other cancers.
“I think the idea that we can’t have an effective anti-neoplastic therapy and a good cancer treatment is not true,” Raffit told HuffPost.
“I think we have to be willing to take some risks to try and fight cancer.”
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