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Winston Wong, PharmD
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Examining the Rising Costs of Cancer Care

(WGGB-TV/ABC, Ch. 40 [Springfield, MA]) Nov 20, 2014 - It’s a grim reality and a dire decision facing thousands of cancer patients, even those with health insurance: the costs of treating cancer have skyrocketed and many sufferers can’t afford to stay alive.

Commentary: The fundamental points made here are accurate. The discrepancy between cost in the US vs. everywhere else goes...

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Fat to Blame for Half a Million Cancers a Year, WHO Agency Says

(Reuters) Nov 25, 2014 - Some half a million cases of cancer a year are due to people being overweight or obese, and the problem is particularly acute in North America, the World Health Organization's cancer research agency said on Wednesday.
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NICE Updated Guidance Recommends Imatinib for Digestive System Cancers

(NICE) Nov 26, 2014 - NICE has issued final guidance to the NHS recommending imatinib, also known as Glivec and made by Novartis, for up to 3 years for people who have had a gastro-intestinal stromal tumour (GIST) removed and who are at high risk of the cancer recurring.
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NICE Recommends More Options for Tackling Anaemia in People with Cancer

(NICE) Nov 26, 2014 - People with cancer who are having chemotherapy and who have anaemia will now have more treatments available through the NHS.
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News Story Commentary By Academic and Community Oncologists

Roche's Genentech Defends Supply Shift For Top Cancer Drugs (Reuters)

I find it disingenuous that Genentech totally ignores the significant increase in cost and direct transfer of funds...posted by: David Jaspan

Examining the Rising Costs of Cancer Care (WGGB-TV/ABC, Ch. 40 [Springfield, MA])

The fundamental points made here are accurate. The discrepancy between cost in the US vs. everywhere else goes...posted by: Winston Wong, PharmD

ASCO Takes Part in IOM Workshop on Molecularly Targeted Therapies for Cancer (ASCO in Action)

Hopefully this will help promote the molecular profiling space, and help payers gain confidence that these test...posted by: Winston Wong, PharmD

Cost to Develop a Drug More Than Doubles to $2.56 Billion (Bloomberg)

At the end of the day, transparency is the key to all of us understanding the cost of development, and what is...posted by: Winston Wong, PharmD

Payers Evaluate the Clinical Utility of Diagnostic Tests (AJMC.com)

The question that payers need answered with regards to covering molecular profiling test are really 2-fold. First,...posted by: Winston Wong, PharmD

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