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Marina Chiara Garassino, Byoung-Chul Cho, Joo-Hang Kim, Julien Mazières, Johan Vansteenkiste, Hervé Lena, Jesus Corral Jaime, Jhanelle E Gray, John Powderly, Christos Chouaid, Paolo Bidoli, Paul Wheatley-Price, Keunchil Park, Ross A Soo, Yifan Huang, Catherine Wadsworth, Phillip A Dennis, Naiyer A Rizvi
BACKGROUND: Immune checkpoint inhibitors are a new standard of care for patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) without EGFR tyrosine kinase or anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) genetic aberrations (EGFR-/ALK-), but clinical benefit in patients with EGFR mutations or ALK rearrangements (EGFR+/ALK+) has not been shown. We assessed the effect of durvalumab (anti-PD-L1) treatment in three cohorts of patients with NSCLC defined by EGFR/ALK status and tumour expression of PD-L1...
March 12, 2018: Lancet Oncology
A Markham
Kyowa Hakko Kirin, AstraZeneca and subsidiaries are developing benralizumab (Fasenra™)-a fully humanised anti-interleukin-5 receptor alpha chain (IL-5Rα) monoclonal antibody-as a treatment of severe eosinophilic asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Eosinophilia is a characteristic of certain asthma and COPD phenotypes and depletion of eosinophils has demonstrated therapeutic benefit. Benralizumab was recently approved by the US FDA as add-on maintenance therapy for patients with severe asthma who have an eosinophilic phenotype...
February 20, 2018: Drugs
Barbara Mintzes, Swestika Swandari, Alice Fabbri, Quinn Grundy, Ray Moynihan, Lisa Bero
OBJECTIVES: To investigate patterns of industry-sponsored educational events that focus on specific health conditions for which there are concerns about overdiagnosis and overtreatment. DESIGN AND SETTING: This retrospective cohort study examines publicly reported industry-sponsored events in Australia from October 2011 to September 2015 for three conditions potentially subject to overdiagnosis and overtreatment: depression, osteoporosis and overactive bladder. We used a database of transparency reports to identify events with a focus on depression, osteoporosis and overactive bladder and compared these with other sponsored events...
February 13, 2018: BMJ Open
Charles C Wykoff, W Lloyd Clark, Jared S Nielsen, Joel V Brill, Laurence S Greene, Cherilyn L Heggen
BACKGROUND: The introduction of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) drugs to ophthalmology has revolutionized the treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD). Despite this significant progress, gaps and challenges persist in the diagnosis of nAMD, initiation of treatment, and management of frequent intravitreal injections. Thus, nAMD remains a leading cause of blindness in the United States. OBJECTIVE: To present current knowledge, evidence, and expert perspectives on anti-VEGF therapies in nAMD to support managed care professionals and providers in decision making and collaborative strategies to overcome barriers to optimize anti-VEGF treatment outcomes among nAMD patients...
February 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Paul Morgan, Dean G Brown, Simon Lennard, Mark J Anderton, J Carl Barrett, Ulf Eriksson, Mark Fidock, Bengt Hamrén, Anthony Johnson, Ruth E March, James Matcham, Jerome Mettetal, David J Nicholls, Stefan Platz, Steve Rees, Michael A Snowden, Menelas N Pangalos
In 2011, AstraZeneca embarked on a major revision of its research and development (R&D) strategy with the aim of improving R&D productivity, which was below industry averages in 2005-2010. A cornerstone of the revised strategy was to focus decision-making on five technical determinants (the right target, right tissue, right safety, right patient and right commercial potential). In this article, we describe the progress made using this '5R framework' in the hope that our experience could be useful to other companies tackling R&D productivity issues...
January 19, 2018: Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery
Xavier G L V Pouwels, Robert Wolff, Bram L T Ramaekers, Anoukh Van Giessen, Shona Lang, Steve Ryder, Gill Worthy, Steven Duffy, Nigel Armstrong, Jos Kleijnen, Manuela A Joore
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) invited AstraZeneca, the manufacturer of ticagrelor (Brilique®), to submit evidence on the clinical and cost effectiveness of ticagrelor 60 mg twice daily (BID) in combination with low-dose aspirin [acetylsalicylic acid (ASA)] compared with ASA only for secondary prevention of atherothrombotic events in patients with a history of myocardial infarction (MI) and who are at increased risk of atherothrombotic events. Kleijnen Systematic Reviews Ltd (KSR), in collaboration with Maastricht University Medical Centre+, was commissioned as the evidence review group (ERG)...
January 18, 2018: PharmacoEconomics
Mona Bafadhel, Stefan Peterson, Miguel A De Blas, Peter M Calverley, Stephen I Rennard, Kai Richter, Malin Fagerås
BACKGROUND: The peripheral blood eosinophil count might help identify those patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who will experience fewer exacerbations when taking inhaled corticosteroids (ICS). Previous post-hoc analyses have proposed eosinophil cutoffs that are both arbitrary and limited in evaluating complex interactions of treatment response. We modelled eosinophil count as a continuous variable to determine the characteristics that determine both exacerbation risk and clinical response to ICS in patients with COPD...
January 10, 2018: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
Oliver C Steinbach
The present industry update covers the period 1 October-31 October 2017, with information sourced from company press releases, regulatory and patent agencies as well as scientific literature. While the corporate news in October was traditionally dominated by the announcement of the third quarter results, with most of them showing market and revenue growth but also an increasing number of initial public offerings after years of slower financial development, we also saw trends continuing toward an increasing number of convergences of drugs with nanotechnology, devices and 21st century information technology...
February 2018: Therapeutic Delivery
Dattanand M Sudarshana, Eleni K Konstantinou, Sruthi Arepalli, Fabiana Q Silva, Andrew P Schachat, Justis P Ehlers, Rishi P Singh
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Previous literature assessing ocular hemorrhagic complications of anticoagulant/antiplatelet medications in routine clinical practice is limited. This study evaluates the prevalence of spontaneous ocular hemorrhagic events associated with anticoagulation/antiplatelet therapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective study was performed to identify patients taking anticoagulants (rivaroxaban [Xarelto; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Beerse, Belgium], bivalirudin [Angiomax; The Medicines Company, Parsippany, NJ], lepirudin [Refludan; Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Berlin, Germany], dabigatran [Pradaxa; Boehringer Ingelheim, Ingelheim am Rhein, Germany], and argatroban) and antiplatelet agents (clopidogrel [Plavix; Bristol-Myers Squibb, New York City, NY], prasugrel [Effient; Lilly Medical, Indianapolis, IN], and ticagrelor [Brilinta; AstraZeneca, Cambridge, UK]) who presented for an eye examination...
January 1, 2018: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
Saritha Kiran, Mohan Kulkarni
Introduction The critics of the Innovator pharmaceutical industry allege that secondary patents are trivial modifications over the primary patent, which extend its term and delay the entry of the generics in the market place. The protagonists regard secondary patents a result of continuous research and development (R&D), which help them introduce and protect new, differentiated products. Areas covered The areas covered are Product life cycle management (PLCM), Drug approval process, Orange book (OB) listed patents, US patent data...
January 3, 2018: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents
Josh J Carlson, Gregory F Guzauskas, Richard H Chapman, Patricia G Synnott, Shanshan Liu, Elizabeth T Russo, Steven D Pearson, Elizabeth D Brouwer, Daniel A Ollendorf
BACKGROUND: New 3-drug regimens have been developed and approved to treat multiple myeloma (MM). The absence of direct comparative data and the high cost of treatment support the need to assess the relative clinical and economic outcomes across all approved regimens. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of treatments for relapsed and/or refractory MM from a U.S. health system perspective. METHODS: We developed a partition survival model with 3 health states (progression-free, progression, and death) to evaluate the following regimens: carfilzomib (CFZ), elotuzumab (ELO), ixazomib (IX), daratumumab (DAR), and panobinostat (PAN) in combination with lenalidomide (LEN) or bortezomib (BOR) plus dexamethasone (DEX) in the second and/or third line of therapy...
January 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Naoto Katakami, Tomoya Mita, Mitsuyoshi Takahara, Kiyoshi Hashigami, Masaru Kawashima, Iichiro Shimomura, Hirotaka Watada
INTRODUCTION: It is estimated that 642 million adults worldwide will have diabetes by 2040, with 80-90% of these having type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). While many new antidiabetic agents have been introduced in recent years, approximately 40% of T2DM patients still fail to achieve the recommended target HbA1c of < 7.0%. Furthermore, many patients with T2DM in Japan are treated by practitioners other than diabetes specialists; therefore, the exact treatment patterns of T2DM in Japan are difficult to quantify...
December 19, 2017: Diabetes Therapy: Research, Treatment and Education of Diabetes and related Disorders
Chia-Chi Lin, Jin-Yuan Shih, Chong-Jen Yu, Chao-Chi Ho, Wei-Yu Liao, Jih-Hsing Lee, Tzu-Hsiu Tsai, Kang-Yi Su, Min-Shu Hsieh, Yih-Leong Chang, Ya-Ying Bai, Derek De-Rui Huang, Kenneth S Thress, James Chih-Hsin Yang
BACKGROUND: Osimertinib is approved for the treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer in patients who develop the EGFR Thr790Met mutation after treatment with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine-kinase inhibitors (TKIs). We assessed outcomes in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer and the EGFR Thr790Met mutation who were treated with osimertinib, a third-generation EGFR TKI, after previous treatment failure with one or more other EGFR TKIs. METHODS: Eligible patients had been enrolled at one centre in the AURA study, had shown resistance to a previous EGFR TKI, and had EGFR-activating mutations and acquired Thr790Met mutation detectable in tumour tissue or plasma...
December 14, 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
Michael Wang, Simon Rule, Pier Luigi Zinzani, Andre Goy, Olivier Casasnovas, Stephen D Smith, Gandhi Damaj, Jeanette Doorduijn, Thierry Lamy, Franck Morschhauser, Carlos Panizo, Bijal Shah, Andrew Davies, Richard Eek, Jehan Dupuis, Eric Jacobsen, Arnon P Kater, Steven Le Gouill, Lucie Oberic, Taduesz Robak, Todd Covey, Richa Dua, Ahmed Hamdy, Xin Huang, Raquel Izumi, Priti Patel, Wayne Rothbaum, J Greg Slatter, Wojciech Jurczak
BACKGROUND: Bruton tyrosine kinase is a clinically validated target in mantle cell lymphoma. Acalabrutinib (ACP-196) is a highly selective, potent Bruton tyrosine kinase inhibitor developed to minimise off-target activity. METHODS: In this open-label, phase 2 study, oral acalabrutinib (100 mg twice per day) was given to patients with relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma, until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. The primary endpoint was overall response assessed according to the Lugano classification, and safety analyses were done in all participants...
December 11, 2017: Lancet
M Angelyn Bethel, Rishi A Patel, Peter Merrill, Yuliya Lokhnygina, John B Buse, Robert J Mentz, Neha J Pagidipati, Juliana C Chan, Stephanie M Gustavson, Nayyar Iqbal, Aldo P Maggioni, Peter Öhman, Neil R Poulter, Ambady Ramachandran, Bernard Zinman, Adrian F Hernandez, Rury R Holman
BACKGROUND: Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists are effective glucose-lowering drugs. Findings from cardiovascular outcome trials showed cardiovascular safety of GLP-1 receptor agonists, but results for cardiovascular efficacy were varied. We aimed to examine overall cardiovascular efficacy for lixisenatide, liraglutide, semaglutide, and extended-release exenatide. METHODS: In this systematic review and meta-analysis, we analysed data from eligible trials that assessed the safety and efficacy of GLP-1 receptor agonists compared with placebo in adult patients (aged 18 years or older) with type 2 diabetes and had a primary outcome including, but not limited to, cardiovascular mortality, non-fatal myocardial infarction, and non-fatal stroke...
February 2018: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
Wenying Yang, Jianhua Ma, Yiming Li, Yanbing Li, Zhiguang Zhou, Jae Hyeon Kim, June Zhao, Agata Ptaszynska
BACKGROUND: This 24-week Phase 3 double-blind placebo-controlled study assessed the safety and efficacy of dapagliflozin as add-on to insulin, with or without oral antihyperglycemic drugs (OADs), in Asian patients with inadequately controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus. METHODS: Adult patients with HbA1c between ≥7.5% and ≤10.5%, body mass index ≤45 kg/m2 , and on insulin doses ≥20 IU daily were randomized to dapagliflozin 10 mg (n = 139) or placebo (n = 133) to assess 24-week changes in HbA1c (primary outcome), fasting plasma glucose (FPG), body weight, total daily dose of insulin (TDDI), and seated systolic blood pressure (SeSBP; exploratory outcome)...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Diabetes
Wen-Zhao Zhong, Qun Wang, Wei-Min Mao, Song-Tao Xu, Lin Wu, Yi Shen, Yong-Yu Liu, Chun Chen, Ying Cheng, Lin Xu, Jun Wang, Ke Fei, Xiao-Fei Li, Jian Li, Cheng Huang, Zhi-Dong Liu, Shun Xu, Ke-Neng Chen, Shi-Dong Xu, Lun-Xu Liu, Ping Yu, Bu-Hai Wang, Hai-Tao Ma, Hong-Hong Yan, Xue-Ning Yang, Qing Zhou, Yi-Long Wu
BACKGROUND: Cisplatin-based adjuvant chemotherapy is the standard of care for patients with resected stage II-IIIA non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). RADIANT and SELECT trial data suggest patients with EGFR-mutant stage IB-IIIA resected NSCLC could benefit from adjuvant EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor treatment. We aimed to compare the efficacy of adjuvant gefitinib versus vinorelbine plus cisplatin in patients with completely resected EGFR-mutant stage II-IIIA (N1-N2) NSCLC. METHODS: We did a randomised, open-label, phase 3 trial at 27 centres in China...
January 2018: Lancet Oncology
Aneesa Vanker, Whitney Barnett, Lesley Workman, Polite M Nduru, Peter D Sly, Robert P Gie, Heather J Zar
Background: Indoor air pollution (IAP) and environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) are associated with lower respiratory tract illness (LRTI) or wheezing in children. However, the effect of the timing of these exposures, specifically antenatal versus postnatal, and of alternate fuel sources such as the increasingly used volatile organic compounds have not been well studied. We longitudinally investigated the effect of antenatal or postnatal IAP and ETS on LRTI or wheezing prevalence and severity in African infants...
November 2017: Lancet. Planetary Health
Jean-Charles Soria, Yuichiro Ohe, Johan Vansteenkiste, Thanyanan Reungwetwattana, Busyamas Chewaskulyong, Ki Hyeong Lee, Arunee Dechaphunkul, Fumio Imamura, Naoyuki Nogami, Takayasu Kurata, Isamu Okamoto, Caicun Zhou, Byoung Chul Cho, Ying Cheng, Eun Kyung Cho, Pei Jye Voon, David Planchard, Wu-Chou Su, Jhanelle E Gray, Siow-Ming Lee, Rachel Hodge, Marcelo Marotti, Yuri Rukazenkov, Suresh S Ramalingam
BACKGROUND: Osimertinib is an oral, third-generation, irreversible epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor (EGFR-TKI) that selectively inhibits both EGFR-TKI-sensitizing and EGFR T790M resistance mutations. We compared osimertinib with standard EGFR-TKIs in patients with previously untreated, EGFR mutation-positive advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS: In this double-blind, phase 3 trial, we randomly assigned 556 patients with previously untreated, EGFR mutation-positive (exon 19 deletion or L858R) advanced NSCLC in a 1:1 ratio to receive either osimertinib (at a dose of 80 mg once daily) or a standard EGFR-TKI (gefitinib at a dose of 250 mg once daily or erlotinib at a dose of 150 mg once daily)...
January 11, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
Alvar Agustí, Guillaume Noell, Josep Brugada, Rosa Faner
BACKGROUND: Early life events can affect health in later life. We hypothesised that low lung function (FEV1 <80% predicted) in early adulthood (25-40 years) is associated with higher prevalence and earlier incidence of respiratory, cardiovascular, and metabolic abnormalities, and premature death. METHODS: In this cohort analysis, we tested this hypothesis using data from the Framingham Offspring Cohort (FOC) and validated our observations in CARDIA (an independent cohort) and GenIII (which includes the direct descendants of FOC participants)...
December 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
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