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Thomas Marsland, MD
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Medicare Weighing Changes to Doctor Drug Payments, Memo Shows

(Bloomberg) Feb 9, 2016 - The U.S. is mulling changes to how the Medicare program pays physicians for administering expensive cancer drugs and other medications given in doctors’ offices, according to a memo from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Commentary: Heaven help us.... (I am beginning to sound like DT). I wonder what idiot in Washington thought this one up....



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Incyte Falls on Jakafi Solid-Tumor Setback

(The Street) Feb 11, 2016 - Incyte is halting all clinical trials intended to expand the use of its blood cancer drug Jakaki into solid tumors due to an insufficient level of efficacy, the company said Thursday.
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Sandoz Files For Approval Of Neulasta Biosimilar In Europe

(PMLiVE [UK]) Feb 11, 2016 - Novartis' Sandoz unit has filed for approval of its fifth biosimilar in Europe, this time taking aim at the market for Amgen's Neulasta.
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Nano-Caging Gives a Failed Cancer Drug New Life

(STAT) Feb 10, 2016 - BIND Therapeutics describes itself as bringing nanotechnology to cancer therapy, but with an achievement announced on Wednesday a more colloquial description might be apt: The Cambridge-based biotech could help bring failed cancer drugs back from the dead — and all because of clever molecular packaging.
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Medicare Weighing Changes to Doctor Drug Payments, Memo Shows (Bloomberg)

Heaven help us.... (I am beginning to sound like DT). I wonder what idiot in Washington thought this one up....posted by: Thomas Marsland, MD

Medicare Weighing Changes to Doctor Drug Payments, Memo Shows (Bloomberg)

Medicare is trying to control what cancer medications a Medicare recipient can receive. This is not patient centered...posted by: Jennifer F

Clinical Pathways Need Oncologists in the Driver's Seat (Medscape Medical News)

Indeed pathways CAN be a useful tool to provide quality, cost effective oncology care. There are a number of studies...posted by: Thomas Marsland, MD

Sen. Ted Cruz Wants To Change The Way The FDA Approves Drugs (Forbes)

All I can say is "Political Hubris" beyond measure!posted by: Dean Gesme, MD

TV Ads for Lung Cancer Drug Are Needed, Says BMS (Medscape Medical News)

At the risk of offending my friends in the pharmaceutical industry, I strongly feel that DTC advertising is bad....posted by: Thomas Marsland, MD






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