Drug Updates

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic, inflammatory form of arthritis that results in joint inflammation, pain, swelling, and stiffness. Although new treatment strategies that focus on early diagnosis, aggressive treatment, and consistent monitoring have helped many patients achieve their goals, RA continues to present clinical and economic challenges to patients, physicians, and payers.
Irinotecan liposome injection (Onivyde), in combination with leucovorin and 5-FU, was approved by the FDA in October 2015 as the only treatment option for patients with advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer that progressed after gemcitabine-based chemotherapy.
In the United States, an estimated 30 million individuals have an eating disorder. Associated with the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses, eating disorders claim the lives of nearly 20% of those affected.
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancer diagnoses in the United States. The National Cancer Institute estimates that 231,840 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and nearly 40,300 women will die from the disease in 2015.
Approximately 870,000 new cases of heart failure occur annually. Heart failure is projected to affect more than 8 million individuals aged ≥18 years in the United States by 2030, representing a 46% increase from 2012.
According to the American Cancer Society, more than 26,800 new cases of multiple myeloma will be diagnosed in 2015, and 11,240 deaths will be attributed to this disease.
According to the American Cancer Society, more than 26,800 new cases of multiple myeloma will be diagnosed in 2015, and 11,240 deaths will be attributed to this disease.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that is often accompanied by multiple comorbidities and health complications. In the United States, diabetes affects an estimated 29.1 million people—approximately 9.3% of the US population. An additional 37% of adults aged ≥20 years are estimated to have prediabetes, based on 2009-2012 data for fasting glucose or glycated hemoglobin (Hb) A1c. Furthermore, with the aging of the US population during the next few decades, the prevalence of diabetes is projected to increase from 1 in 10 adults today to a staggering 1 in 3 adults by 2050.
One of the most fear-inducing side effects of chemotherapy is nausea and vomiting. Without appropriate antiemetic prophylaxis, 70% to 80% of all patients with cancer who receive chemotherapy experience nausea and/or vomiting. Consequently, preventing and managing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) is a crucial part of care planning for patients with cancer.
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