May 2014 Vol 7, No 3
The Impact of 5-HT3RA Use on Cost and Utilization in Patients with Chemotherapy- Induced Nausea and Vomiting: Systematic Review of the Literature
Michael S. Broder, MD, MSHS, Claudio Faria, PharmD, MPH, Annette Powers, PharmD, MBA, Jehangeer Sunderji, MD, Dasha Cherepanov, PhD
Individual studies have assessed the impact of standard prophylactic therapy with 5-hydroxytryptamine receptor antagonists (5-HT3RAs) for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) on cost and utilization, but no synthesis of the findings exists.
The Value of Pharmaceuticals in the Prevention and Treatment of CINV
When 2 leaders in the healthcare field, coming from entirely different perspectives, arrive at the same conclusion, it’s time to pay attention. Please allow me to explain. Lawrence P. Casalino, MD, PhD, is the Livingston Farrand Associate Professor of Public Health and Chief of the Division of Outcomes and Effectiveness Research at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.
Treatment Patterns, Survival, and Healthcare Costs of Patients with Malignant Gliomas in a Large US Commercially Insured Population
Saurabh Ray, PhD, Machaon M. Bonafede, PhD, MPH, Nimish A. Mohile, MD, Jeffrey A. Bourret, PharmD, MS, BCPS, FASHP
Glioblastoma multiforme is the most common malignant primary brain tumor in adults and is associated with poor survival rates. Symptoms often include headaches; nausea and vomiting; and progressive memory, personality, or neurologic deficits. The treatment remains a challenge, and despite the approval of multiple new therapies in the past decade, survival has not improved.
Treatment Decisions in the Management of Malignant Gliomas
The increased approvals and rising costs of specialty pharmacy drugs have created a significant management challenge for health plans. The 3 primary disease areas that account for the majority of the specialty drug spending include autoimmune disorders, multiple sclerosis, and cancer.
The demand for economic models that evaluate cancer treatments is increasing, as healthcare decision makers struggle for ways to manage their budgets while providing the best care possible to patients with cancer. Yet, after nearly 2 decades of cultivating and refining techniques for modeling the cost-effectiveness and budget impact of cancer therapies, serious methodologic and policy challenges have emerged that question the adequacy of economic modeling as a sound decision-making tool in oncology.
Disruptive Innovation, Uncertain Value, and Economic Modeling in Oncology
Kirk J. Wojno, MD, Frank J. Costa, MD, Robert J. Cornell, MD, Jeffrey D. Small, MD, Erik Pasin, MD, Wim Van Criekinge, PhD, Joseph W. Bigley, MSc, Leander Van Neste, PhD
The diagnosis of prostate cancer is dependent on histologic confirmation in biopsy core tissues. The biopsy procedure is invasive, puts the patient at risk for complications, and is subject to significant sampling errors.
Molecular Tests Can Help to Reduce Repeated Prostate Biopsies
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