Drug Updates

Although less common than other skin cancers, melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. According to data collected between 2004 and 2010, the 5-year relative survival rate for Americans with distant melanoma is only 16% for all ages, races, and sexes. The National Cancer Institute estimated that there were 76,100 new cases of skin melanoma in 2014, and more than 9700 patients died from this disease during the same period. The incidence of melanoma continues to rise, particularly among children and adolescents.
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), a monoclonal disorder characterized by progressive accumulation and proliferation of functionally incompetent B-cells, is the most frequently diagnosed leukemia in the United States.
Diabetes affects an estimated 25.8 million people in the United States—a staggering 8.3% of the population. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90% to 95% of all adult cases of diabetes. In addition, an estimated 35% of US adults aged ≥20 years have prediabetes, and the prevalence of prediabetes jumps to 50% in adults aged ≥65 years.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States among men and the most frequently diagnosed cancer in American males. Among patients with metastatic prostate cancer, up to approximately 90% have bone metastases.1 The median survival after the diagnosis of bone metastasis associated with prostate cancer is approximately 3 years.2

Leukemias are cancers involving the bone marrow and blood, and they account for approximately 4% of cancer deaths.1 The majority of leukemias occur in adults aged >20 years, and the incidence is a higher in men than in women. Leukemias are classified by the type of cell involved (ie, lymphocytic or myeloid) and the rate of progression (ie, acute or chronic). Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) account for approximately 2.5% and 6%, respectively, of deaths resulting from leukemia.1

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States.1 Obesity, which is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of ≥30 kg/m2, affects an estimated 78.1 million Americans—more than 35% of all men and women.2,3 Moreover, more than 34% of adults aged ≥20 years are overweight, which is defined as a BMI of ≥25 kg/m2.3

Overweight and obesity are major health concerns in the United States and worldwide, and they are associated with increased health risks.

Payer trends in drug utilization and molecular testing have been the focus of several posters presented at the 2012 Educational Conference of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, October 3-5, Cincinnati, OH.

It is well known that the use of prescription opioid medications, more than other medications, is associated with risks for misuse, abuse, and diversion.1-3 The government and pharmaceutical companies have addressed this issue by implementing specific strategies to minimize the risks associated with prescription drugs in general and with opioids in particular.

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