A senator is investigating whether Medicare's prescription drug benefit is vulnerable to manipulation by pharmaceutical companies after an exclusive Associated Press report showed that Medicare’s spending on certain drugs soared by 85 percent.
Nilotinib (Tasigna) should be considered as a leading option for front-line therapy in the treatment of Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia (Ph+ CML), according to data presented at the 56th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco.
In 1983, the United States enacted the Orphan Drug Act (ODA). An analogous law was passed in Europe in 2000. Both pieces of legislation are considered major successes in terms of spurring the development of orphan drugs. To illustrate, in the decade prior to 1983 only 34 orphan products were marketed, whereas in the past year alone 9 orphan drugs were launched. In the past 5 years, 39 orphan drugs were launched in the US across numerous therapeutic categories, including multiple myeloma, chronic myeloid leukemia, metastatic non-small cell lung cancer, hemophilia, tuberculosis, homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, and cystic fibrosis.1
The 4-year data from the landmark ENESTnd (Evaluating Nilotinib Efficacy and Safety in Clinical Trials – Newly Diagnosed Patients) trial continues to demonstrate the improved clinical benefit of front-line nilotinib (Tasigna) versus imatinib (Gleevec) in patients with newly diagnosed, Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in chronic phase