July/August 2013 Vol 6, No 6
Kudos to our colleagues at EMD Serono for the publication of the 9th edition of the EMD Serono Specialty Digest. If you are not familiar with this annual survey, you ought to be, as it highlights managed care strategies for specialty pharmaceuticals and is an outstanding source of data.
Real-World Corticosteroid Utilization Patterns in Patients with Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer in 2 Large US Administrative Claims Databases
Marie-Hélène Lafeuille, MA, Jonathan Gravel, MSc, Amanda Grittner, MA, Patrick Lefebvre, MA, Lorie A. Ellis, PhD, Scott McKenzie, MD
Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed noncutaneous malignancy in males and is a leading cause of cancer-related morbidity and mortality among men in the United States.1,2 The American Cancer Society has estimated that approximately 238,600 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in 2013, and that approximately 29,700 men will die of the disease.3
According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.6 million people will receive a new diagnosis of cancer in 2013.1 It is also estimated that there were almost 14 million cancer survivors (ie, any living person who has ever received a diagnosis of cancer) in the United States in 2012.2 Although many aggressive forms of cancer still exist, individuals who receive a diagnosis of cancer today are less likely to die from their disease than in the past; the death rate from cancer has decreased by 20% since 1991.1 However, the number of cancer diagnoses is inc
Quality of Cancer Care: Emerging Definition and Measurements, but Reimbursement Lagging
Rosacea is a common and chronic skin disorder with characteristic signs and symptoms, including flushing, facial erythema, inflammatory papules and pustules, telangiectasia, edema, and watery or irritated eyes.1 Four clinical subtypes of rosacea have been characterized, including erythematotelangiectatic, papulopustular, phymatous, and ocular.2 It is common for patients to present with more than 1 subtype.
The Psychosocial Impact of Skin Disorders: Time for a Closer Look?
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