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Medical Bills
The high cost of treating blood cancer may contribute to delayed initiation of active treatment in newly-diagnosed Medicare beneficiaries.
 
Researchers note that a metabolic imbalance in some patients with cancer following treatment with nivolumab is associated with shorter survival.
Reform of pharmacy benefit management (PBM) practices has been an issue under much scrutiny due to a belief these entities play a significant role in exacerbating high drug costs.
One in 8 pharmacies closed from 2009 to 2015, despite an overall increase in the number of pharmacies during this time. 
 
Pegilodecakin in combination with pembrolizumab and nivolumab achieved measurable responses in patients with non-small cell lung cancer and kidney cancer.
FDA Approves Ready-to-Use Injectable Phenylephrine HCl Formulation
The new, standardized, ready-to-use formulation of phenylephrine HCl can help reduce medication errors and improve patient safety.
 
Top news of the day from across the health care landscape.
 
At the ESMO Congress 2019, Sara Tolaney, MD, MPH, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, spoke about how a collaborative program between pharmacists and oncology providers at her institution helps prevent medication errors. 
Biosimilars
During the 2019 National Association of Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting and Expo, Ron Lanton III, Esq, reviewed the FDA Biosimilars Action Plan, its implications for the biosimilar marketplace, recent legislation set to influence the biosimilar pathway and drug accessibility, and the future of the biosimilar market.
Elexacaftor/ivacaftor/tezacaftor (Trikafta, Vertex Pharmaceuticals) is indicated for patients aged 12 years and older with cystic fibrosis who have at least 1 F508del mutation. 
 
Ustekinumab both induced and maintained clinical remission in a significantly greater proportion of adult patients with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis compared with placebo.
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