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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530523/cost-effectiveness-of-peginterferon-beta-1a-and-alemtuzumab-in-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis
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Ankur A Dashputre, Khalid M Kamal, Gauri Pawar
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the central nervous system, affecting 2.5 million people globally and 400,000 people in the United States. While no cure exists for MS, the goal is to manage the disease using disease-modifying therapies (DMTs), which have been shown to slow disease progression and prevent relapses. Relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) is the most common form of MS at the time of diagnosis. Peginterferon beta-1a (PEG) and alemtuzumab (ALT) were recently approved and have demonstrated good clinical outcomes, including reduced relapse rates in clinical trials...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508241/resource-use-and-real-world-outcomes-for-ranibizumab-treat-and-extend-for-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration-in-the-uk-interim-results-from-terra
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Yit Yang, Louise Downey, Hemal Mehta, Bushra Mushtaq, Niro Narendran, Nishal Patel, Praveen J Patel, Filis Ayan, Kara Gibson, Franklin Igwe, Pete Jeffery
INTRODUCTION: Ranibizumab is an inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth factor-A (anti-VEGF) approved for the treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD). The treat and extend (T&E) regimen can potentially reduce the burden of clinic visits compared with a pro re nata (PRN) regimen. Retrospective, interim analyses of clinical effectiveness, treatment and resource use patterns were conducted using real-world data in England and Wales from the TERRA study. METHODS: Two cohorts, those switching from a PRN to a T&E regimen ('prior PRN') and those initiating ranibizumab on the T&E regimen as their first anti-VEGF therapy ('anti-VEGF-naïve') were enrolled in TERRA...
May 15, 2017: Ophthalmology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507772/clinically-significant-depressive-symptoms-and-sexual-behaviour-among-men-who-have-sex-with-men
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Ada R Miltz, Alison J Rodger, Janey Sewell, Andrew Speakman, Andrew N Phillips, Lorraine Sherr, Richard J Gilson, David Asboe, Nneka C Nwokolo, Amanda Clarke, Mark M Gompels, Sris Allan, Simon Collins, Fiona C Lampe
BACKGROUND: The relationship between depression and sexual behaviour among men who have sex with men (MSM) is poorly understood. AIMS: To investigate prevalence and correlates of depressive symptoms (Patient Health Questionnaire-9 score ≥10) and the relationship between depressive symptoms and sexual behaviour among MSM reporting recent sex. METHOD: The Attitudes to and Understanding of Risk of Acquisition of HIV (AURAH) is a cross-sectional study of UK genitourinary medicine clinic attendees without diagnosed HIV (2013-2014)...
May 2017: BJPsych Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498374/ranibizumab-pretreatment-in-diabetic-vitrectomy-a-pilot-randomised-controlled-trial-the-radivit-study
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O Comyn, L Wickham, D G Charteris, P M Sullivan, E Ezra, Z Gregor, G W Aylward, L da Cruz, D Fabinyi, T Peto, M Restori, W Xing, C Bunce, P G Hykin, J W Bainbridge
PurposeOur aim was to evaluate the impact of intravitreal ranibizumab pretreatment on the outcome of vitrectomy surgery for advanced proliferative diabetic retinopathy. The objective was to determine the feasibility of a subsequent definitive trial and estimate the effect size and variability of the outcome measure.Patients and methodsWe performed a pilot randomised double-masked single-centre clinical trial in 30 participants with tractional retinal detachment associated with proliferative diabetic retinopathy...
May 12, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492561/-sacubitril-valsartan-a-new-and-effective-treatment-for-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction
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Michele Senni, Bruno Trimarco, Michele Emdin, Luciano De Biase
Despite significant therapeutic advances, patients with chronic heart failure and reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) remain at high risk for heart failure progression and death. The PARADIGM-HF study, the largest outcome trial in HFrEF, has shown improved cardiovascular outcomes with sacubitril/valsartan (Entresto®, Novartis), previously known as LCZ696, compared with angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor therapy, possibly leading us to a new era for heart failure treatment. Sacubitril/valsartan represents a first-in-class drug acting through inhibition of angiotensin receptor and neprilysin, thus modulating the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system and vasoactive substances such as natriuretic peptides...
January 2017: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485203/expert-panel-recommendations-for-the-identification-and-management-of-hyperkalemia-and-role-of-patiromer-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-and-heart-failure
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Zubaid Rafique, Matthew R Weir, Macaulay Onuigbo, Bertram Pitt, Richard Lafayette, Javed Butler, Maria Lopes, Carolyn Farnum, W Frank Peacock
Virtual panel meetings were conducted among 7 physicians, all of whom are independent experts, including 3 nephrologists, 2 cardiologists, and 2 emergency medicine physicians (the panel). The panel met with the purpose of discussing the current treatment landscape, treatment challenges, economic impact, and gaps in care for patients with hyperkalemia that is associated with heart failure and chronic kidney disease. The stated goal of the panel discussion was to develop practical solutions in the identification and management of hyperkalemia in this patient population...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476564/global-mortality-variations-in-patients-with-heart-failure-results-from-the-international-congestive-heart-failure-inter-chf-prospective-cohort-study
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Hisham Dokainish, Koon Teo, Jun Zhu, Ambuj Roy, Khalid F AlHabib, Ahmed ElSayed, Lia Palileo-Villaneuva, Patricio Lopez-Jaramillo, Kamilu Karaye, Khalid Yusoff, Andres Orlandini, Karen Sliwa, Charles Mondo, Fernando Lanas, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, Amr Badr, Mohamed Elmaghawry, Albertino Damasceno, Kemi Tibazarwa, Emilie Belley-Cote, Kumar Balasubramanian, Shofiqul Islam, Magdi H Yacoub, Mark D Huffman, Karen Harkness, Alex Grinvalds, Robert McKelvie, Shrikant I Bangdiwala, Salim Yusuf
BACKGROUND: Most data on mortality and prognostic factors in patients with heart failure come from North America and Europe, with little information from other regions. Here, in the International Congestive Heart Failure (INTER-CHF) study, we aimed to measure mortality at 1 year in patients with heart failure in Africa, China, India, the Middle East, southeast Asia and South America; we also explored demographic, clinical, and socioeconomic variables associated with mortality. METHODS: We enrolled consecutive patients with heart failure (3695 [66%] clinic outpatients, 2105 [34%] hospital in patients) from 108 centres in six geographical regions...
May 3, 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448782/amcp-partnership-forum-driving-value-and-outcomes-in-oncology
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Innovation in cancer treatment has provided a wealth of recently available therapeutic agents and a healthy drug pipeline that promises to change the way we approach this disease and the lives of those affected in the years to come. However, the majority of these new agents, many of which are targeted to specific genomic features of various tumors, may challenge the health care system's ability to afford cancer care. This innovation drives the need to focus on the value of the treatments provided to patients with cancer and on methods to optimize the efficiency of the dollars we spend, in addition to the clinical value itself...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448778/economic-impact-of-above-label-dosing-with-etanercept-adalimumab-or-ustekinumab-in-patients-with-psoriasis
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Steven R Feldman, Yang Zhao, Huanxue Zhou, Vivian Herrera, Haijun Tian, Yunfeng Li
BACKGROUND: Patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis may be treated with above-label doses of biologics in an attempt to optimize outcomes. Dose escalation will have an effect on the cost of treatment. OBJECTIVE: To examine costs related to above-label use of etanercept, adalimumab, and ustekinumab among patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed using a large U.S. claims database. Patients were included in the study if they were aged ≥ 18 years with a diagnosis of psoriasis (excluding psoriatic arthritis) and had at least 1 medication fill for etanercept, adalimumab, or ustekinumab between January 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448774/letter-the-authors-respond
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Kibum Kim, Robert J DiDomenico, Daniel R Touchette, Surrey M Walton
None of the authors of this study are involved in financial or personal relationships with agencies, institutions, or organizations that inappropriately influenced the statistical analysis plan or interpretation of the study results. DiDomenico received an honorarium from Amgen for the preparation of a heart failure drug monograph for Pharmacy Practice News and was a coinvestigator on funded research for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. DiDomenico also serves as an advisory board member for a heart failure program at Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals and as an advisory board member at Novartis Pharmaceuticals...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436937/efficacy-of-anti-sclerostin-monoclonal-antibody-bps804-in-adult-patients-with-hypophosphatasia
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Lothar Seefried, Jasmin Baumann, Sarah Hemsley, Christine Hofmann, Erdmute Kunstmann, Beate Kiese, Yue Huang, Simon Chivers, Marie-Anne Valentin, Babul Borah, Ronenn Roubenoff, Uwe Junker, Franz Jakob
BACKGROUND: Hypophosphatasia (HPP) is a rare genetic disorder resulting in variable alterations of bone formation and mineralization that are caused by mutations in the ALPL gene, encoding the tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase (ALP) enzyme. METHODS: In this phase IIA open-label, single-center, intra-patient, dose-escalating study, adult patients with HPP received 3 ascending intravenous doses of 5, 10, and 20 mg/kg BPS804, a fully human anti-sclerostin monoclonal antibody, on days 1, 15, and 29, respectively...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432647/the-gender-attention-observational-study-gender-and-hormonal-status-differences-in-the-incidence-of-adverse-events-during-cyclosporine-treatment-in-psoriatic-patients
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Delia Colombo, Giuseppe Banfi, Nicoletta Cassano, Alessandra Graziottin, Gino Antonio Vena, Giovanni Gualberto Fiori, Emanuela Zagni, Luca Stingeni, Sergio Chimenti, Enzo Berardesca, Giuseppe Micali, Giuseppe Albertini, Clara De Simone, Gilberto Bellia
INTRODUCTION: Female sex has been shown to be a risk factor for the development of adverse drug reactions; however, this has not been studied for cyclosporine (CsA). The aim of this study was to investigate, in Italian dermatological practice, the influence of gender and menopause and related hormones on the incidence of adverse events (AEs) during CsA treatment in psoriatic patients. METHODS: Multicenter, prospective, observational study conducted from May 2011 to June 2013...
April 21, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417244/ribociclib-first-global-approval
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Yahiya Y Syed
Ribociclib is an oral, small-molecule inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) 4 and 6 that is under development by Novartis for the treatment of cancer. CDKs play an important role in cell cycle progression and cellular proliferation, and inhibition of these kinases with ribociclib results in G1 phase cell-cycle arrest. Ribociclib, in combination with an aromatase inhibitor, was recently approved in the USA for the first-line treatment of advanced breast cancer and has been submitted for approval in the EU for this indication...
May 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405961/treatment-patterns-and-early-outcomes-of-alk-positive-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients-receiving-ceritinib-a-chart-review-study
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Edmond Bendaly, Anand A Dalal, Kenneth Culver, Philip Galebach, Iryna Bocharova, Rebekah Foster, Medha Sasane, Alexander R Macalalad, Annie Guérin
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to provide the first real-world description of the characteristics, treatments, dosing patterns, and early outcomes of patients with ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who received ceritinib in US clinical practice. METHODS: US oncologists provided data from medical charts of adult patients diagnosed with locally advanced or metastatic ALK-positive NSCLC who received ceritinib following crizotinib. Patient characteristics, treatment patterns, ceritinib dosing, early outcomes, and occurrence of gastrointestinal adverse events (AEs) by dose and instructions on food intake were assessed, and Kaplan-Meier analysis was used to describe clinician-defined progression-free survival (PFS) on ceritinib...
April 12, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405488/multiple-intravitreal-ranibizumab-injections-for-persistant-choroidal-neovascularization-associated-with-presumed-ocular-histoplasmosis-syndrome
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Turgut Yılmaz, Seyhan Dikci, Oğuzhan Genç, Kayhan Mutlu
Presumed ocular histoplasmosis syndrome (POHS) is a clinical entity that is characterized by small, round, discrete, macular or mid peripheral atrophic (punched out) chorioretinal lesions (histo spots), peripapillary scarring, choroidal neovascularization (CNV), and the absence of anterior uveitis and vitritis. Diagnosis of this disorder is based upon characteristic clinical findings and a positive histoplasmin skin test or residence in an endemic region for Histoplasma capsulatum. There is no active systemic disease during diagnosis of POHS...
April 2017: Turkish Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397079/secukinumab-is-efficacious-and-safe-in-hispanic-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-plaque-psoriasis-pooled-analysis-of-four-phase-3-trials
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Sandra Adsit, Enrique Rivas Zaldivar, Howard Sofen, Ignacio Dei-Cas, César Maldonado García, Elkin O Peñaranda, Luís Puig, Xiangyi Meng, Todd Fox, Adriana Guana
INTRODUCTION: There is little evidence available on the efficacy and safety of biologic therapies for the treatment of psoriasis in Hispanic patients. Secukinumab is demonstrated to be highly effective for clearing psoriasis. The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy and safety of secukinumab in Hispanic and non-Hispanic patients. METHODS: Data were pooled from four phase 3 studies of secukinumab in patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. Patients who self-identified as Hispanic were included in the Hispanic subgroup...
April 10, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394705/establishment-of-a-cohort-for-deep-phenotyping-of-the-immune-response-to-influenza-vaccination-among-elderly-individuals-recruited-from-the-general-population
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Manas K Akmatov, Peggy Riese, Marcus May, Leonhard Jentsch, Malik W Ahmed, Damaris Werner, Anja Rösel, Megan Tyler, Kevin Pessler, Jana Prokein, Inga Bernemann, Norman Klopp, Blair Prochnow, Stephanie Trittel, Aravind Tallam, Thomas Illig, Christoph Schindler, Carlos A Guzmán, Frank Pessler
Elderly individuals have the highest burden of disease from influenza infection but also the lowest immune response to influenza vaccination. A better understanding of the host response to influenza vaccination in the elderly is therefore urgently needed. We conducted a biphasic prospective, population-based study from Dec. 2014 to May 2015 (pilot study) and Sept. 2015 to May 2016 (main study). Individuals 65-80 y of age were randomly selected from the residents' registration office in Hannover, Germany, for the pilot (n = 34) and main study (n = 200)...
April 10, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384675/vascular-safety-of-ranibizumab-in-patients-with-diabetic-macular-edema-a-pooled-analysis-of-patient-level-data-from-randomized-clinical-trials
#18
Marco A Zarbin, Cornelia Dunger-Baldauf, Zdenka Haskova, Prashil Koovejee, Marie-Catherine Mousseau, Philippe Margaron, Howard Snow, Paul E Beaumont, Giovanni Staurenghi, Steven Francom
Importance: Patients with diabetic macular edema (DME) are at high risk of vascular complications, including stroke and myocardial infarction (MI). Concerns have been raised that intravitreal dosing of vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitors in DME could be associated with an increase in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular adverse events. Objective: To evaluate the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular safety of ranibizumab, 0.5 mg and 0.3 mg, compared with sham with and without laser in DME...
May 1, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379619/blood-pressure-lowering-efficacy-of-renin-inhibitors-for-primary-hypertension
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Vijaya M Musini, Kendra Ak Lawrence, Patricia M Fortin, Ken Bassett, James M Wright
BACKGROUND: Hypertension is a chronic condition associated with an increased risk of mortality and morbidity. Renin is the enzyme responsible for converting angiotensinogen to angiotensin I, which is then converted to angiotensin II. Renin inhibitors are a new class of drugs that decrease blood pressure (BP) by preventing the formation of both angiotensin I and angiotensin II. OBJECTIVES: To quantify the dose-related BP lowering efficacy of renin inhibitors compared to placebo in the treatment of primary hypertension...
April 5, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359238/hr-her2-advanced-breast-cancer-and-cdk4-6-inhibitors-mode-of-action-clinical-activity-and-safety-profiles
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Sarah L Sammons, Donna L Topping, Kimberly L Blackwell
Cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) 4/6 inhibitor-based therapies have shown great promise in improving clinical outcomes for patients with hormone receptor-positive (HR+), human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative (HER2-) advanced breast cancer. Addition of a CDK4/6 inhibitor to endocrine therapy increases efficacy and delays disease progression. Successful use of CDK4/6 inhibitor-based therapies in the clinic requires insight into the unique side-effect profiles of this class of agents and effective patient monitoring...
March 30, 2017: Current Cancer Drug Targets
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