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Systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (SJIA) is a rare inflammatory disease, affecting approximately 10% of children diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis in the United States.1,2 The classic symptoms of SJIA include pain in the small joints of the hands, wrists, knees, and ankles; rash; and a high, spiking fever of ≥103°F that can last for weeks to months.3 By definition, SJIA can pre­sent at any point until the age of 16 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

Approximately 25% of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have HER2-positive tumors. The HER2 gene, which resides on chromosome 17, directs tumor cells to manufacture HER2 protein. This protein is a cell-surface receptor that compels the tumor cell to grow and to divide more frequently than normal, making HER2-positive breast cancer an aggressive phenotype.

Before the advent of HER2-directed therapies, patients diagnosed with HER2-positive disease had significantly shorter disease-free survival compared with patients with other breast cancer subtypes.1

 

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Healthcare provider (HCP) and payer viewpoints can be very different regarding the treatment and management of patients with chronic conditions. The HCP’s principal responsibility is to the individual, ensuring that every patient under his or her care receives the appropriate treatment necessary to optimize their patients’ health and quality of life. Although the well-being of individual patients remains the major focus, in recent years, HCPs have been forced to view healthcare delivery in a broader context, one that includes the financing side of the equation.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive neuroimmunologic disease of the central nervous system, characterized by multiple areas of demyelination, myelin damage and scarring, loss of oligodendrocytes, and axonal and neuronal injury to the white matter of the brain and spinal cord.1 MS is a leading cause of medical neurologic disability in younger people affecting individuals in the prime of their lives, with age of diagnosis between 20 and 50 years of age.2 MS is at least two to three times more common in women than in men.2

As drug costs continue to outpace overall healthcare spending, private health insurers are seeking innovative ways to manage pharmacy utilization. In keeping with this trend, pharmacy management of specialty categories such as multiple sclerosis (MS) has begun to change in recent years.

Through a structured, interactive approach designed to facilitate collaborative discussion, the MS roundtable sought to identify areas of common ground between healthcare providers (HCPs) and payers in making clinically appropriate, value-based patient management decisions. HCPs and payers represented on the panel discussed their responsibilities, goals, and challenges in an open forum that encouraged the candid exchange of ideas.

The treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) involves pharmacotherapy to treat disease progression, symptoms, and acute exacerbations. Patients may also engage in a number of nonpharmacologic interventions, such as physical and occupational therapy.

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