AMCP Annual Meeting

Is Pemetrexed/Platinum Therapy Cost-Effective in NSCLC?

Audrey Andrews

July 2012, Vol 3, No 5 - AMCP Annual Meeting

San Francisco, CA—In what appears to be the first study to use real-world, non–clinical trial data to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of pemetrexed/platinum (Pem/P) therapy used first line in patients with advanced non–smallcell lung cancer (NSCLC), this combination trended toward being more effective and less costly than carboplatin/ paclitaxel plus bevacizumab (C/Pa+B), reported Manan Shah, PharmD, PhD, with Xcenda, Palm Harbor, FL, and colleagues at the 2012 Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy annual meeting.

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In Colorectal Cancer, Treatment Efficacy Is High Among the Elderly

Caroline Helwick

July 2012, Vol 3, No 5 - AMCP Annual Meeting

San Francisco, CA—The vast majority of published evidence indicates that the relative treatment effect of chemotherapy for stage III colon cancer is as good for elderly patients as it is for younger ones, according to a systematic literature review by Anna Hung, a student in the program, and C. Daniel Mullins, PhD, Professor, Pharmacoeconomics, Pharmaceutical Health Services Research Department, Associate Director, Center on Drugs and Public Policy. The study was presented at the 2012 Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy annual meeting.

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Vemurafenib Does Not Impact Health Plan Budget

Caroline Helwick

July 2012, Vol 3, No 5 - AMCP Annual Meeting

San Francisco, CA—Although the upfront cost of vemurafenib is high, its use to treat patients with metastatic melanoma actually results in a costsavings per health plan member per month (PMPM), according to an analysis presented at the 2012 Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy annual meeting.

In a hypothetical health plan of 500,000 enrollees, the use of vemurafenib for the treatment of patients with BRAF V600E mutation is costsaving by $0.04 PMPM, reported William B. Wong, MS, PharmD, of the University of Washington, Seattle.

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Oncology Genetic Testing: Pharmacists’ Knowledge Gap

July 2012, Vol 3, No 5 - AMCP Annual Meeting

San Francisco, CA—Knowledge of pharmacogenomics—the genomic factors contributing to individual variability in response to drug therapy (or personalized medicine)—enhances the ability to diagnose, prevent, and treat disease, especially a variety of cancers. The correct application of pharmacogenomics to patient management is essential for providing cost-effective care, but many providers, includ - ing physicians and pharmacists, are lacking appropriate knowledge of the science. [ Read More ]