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Web Exclusive: Price of cancer drugs double in a decade

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(CBS/CNN) - A new report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics says the average price for cancer drugs has doubled to $10 thousand dollars a month in the last decade.  In 2013 U.S. patients and their insurance companies spent 37 billion dollars on treatments.  Researchers say patients are less likely to finish treatments because of the high out of pocket costs.  

Coca-Cola has agreed to stop using brominated vegetable oil by the end of the year. Bromine, a chemical used in the production of  BVO is also used as a flame retardant.  That link was enough for a Mississippi teenager to build widespread support through a petition on change.org.  After 200-thousand people signed it, PepsiCo agreed to remove BVO from Gatorade.  Now, Coca-Cola is following suit.  Coke, however, says all of its drinks are and always have been safe.  Brominated vegetable is used as an emulsifier in mostly citrus-flavored drinks, keeping the ingredients from separating from each other.
And, Dunkin Donuts is expanding in Europe.  The chain is planning to open stores in Denmark, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands.  That means the classic American donut will have to go head to head with European treats like the Belgian waffle, Austrian strudel and of course, the danish.  
Right now Dunkin Donuts has about 120 stores across Europe, mostly in Germany.  According to our news partner, The Tyler Morning Telegraph, Dunkin Donuts is coming to East Texas too, the first of 6 stores is set to open this summer in the newly developed Kinsey Crossing.
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