chemotherapy

Immuno-oncology bladder drug wins approvalSoon after approving the same drug for metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma, FDA approved immuno-oncology avelumab (Bavencio) for locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma.
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Aggressive price growth pushes healthcare spending upRise in use of outpatient care and professional services contributed to quicker growth in spending for the privately insured over previous years.
Biomarkers: Top challenges and opportunities in managed careBiomarkers, if used appropriately, could ensure patients receive the appropriate treatment sooner, and that they have better outcomes at reduced costs. But despite the potential and expanding capabilities, barriers to full-fledged use remain.
FDA approves trifluridine/tipiracil for colorectal cancerLonsurf is a new, orally administered cytotoxic drug for the treatment of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.
FDA approves rolapitant to prevent chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomitingRolapitant is a novel NK1 receptor antagonist that maintains >90% receptor binding up to five days after a single 180-mg dose.
Experts debate best treatment for metastatic colorectal cancer patientsDe-escalated maintenance or “drug holidays”: What’s best for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer?
Proposed Medicare Part B rule would cut payments for some drugsNew analysis finds proposed Medicare payment changes for physician-administered drugs would reduce reimbursement for those that cost more than $480 per day in 2016. Seven of the 10 drugs that constitute the largest reduction in reimbursement are used to treat cancer.
Three drug trends impacting specialty pharmacyAMCP session, “Specialty Pharmaceutical in Development,” highlighted critical trends that healthcare executives should be watching
Discern best surgical, medical therapy for ocular surface squamous neoplasiaOcular surface squamous neoplasia can be treated surgically or medically. In difficult cases, combination therapy might be needed.