February 2015 Vol 8, Special Issue: Payers' Perspectives in Oncology

Two programmed-cell death receptor-1 (PD-1) inhibitors—the investigational drug nivolumab and the recently approved pembrolizumab (Keytruda)—produced dramatic responses in patients with Hodgkin lymphoma in phase 1 clinical trials.
The era of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) has transformed chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) from an often fatal disease to a chronic disease with ongoing treatment.
Drug reimbursement decisions should incorporate value and cost-effectiveness, suggested Andreas Laupacis, MD, MSc.... Dr Laupacis has chaired many drug reimbursement committees in Canada
With new signaling pathways being explored, established drug classes expanding across the tumor spectrum, and immunotherapies investigated across tumor types, the hematology pipeline is abundant. Here are some of the most promising compounds in development presented at ASH 2014
There is no way around the fact that American-style capitalism is at the root of drug development, and the costs associated with that endeavor, according to Alex W. Bastian, MBA, Vice President of Market Access, GfK Bridgehead, San Francisco, CA.
The cost of paying for cancer impacts the efficacy of treatment, according to S. Yousuf Zafar, MD, MHS, Associate Professor of Medicine, Duke Cancer Institute, Durham, NC
The upfront use of plerixafor plus granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) for stem-cell mobilization is more cost-effective than the more widely used cyclophosphamide plus G-CSF regimen, according to a cost analysis from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center investigators that was presented at ASH 2014.
Hagop M. Kantarjian, MD, Professor and Chair of Leukemia, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, did not mince words during his talk at the ASH 2014 special session on drug pricing.
Once Gleevec loses patent exclusivity in 2016, imatinib will become the most cost-effective initial treatment strategy for patients with newly diagnosed chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in chronic phase, said Richard A. Larson, MD, Director, Hematologic Malignancies Clinical Research Program, University of Chicago, IL, at ASH 2014.
The introduction of the 3 targeted therapies—lenalidomide, decitabine, and azacitidine—for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) has resulted in a 74% increase in median survival and generates more than $100 billion in value resulting from survival gains for current and future patients...
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