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Thomas Marsland, MD
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Pfizer Offers Hope For Lower-Priced Cancer Drug Combos

(Forbes) May 26, 2016 - Speaking at the UBS Healthcare Conference, Ms. Liz Barrett, Pfizer's Global President and General Manager of Oncology, hit the challenge of cancer drug pricing head on.

Commentary: Well that was clear as mud. Perhaps in reading the article and having not heard the presentation I am missing something....

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Cancer Drugs Are The Least Likely to Receive FDA Approval

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Roche Boosted by Early Trial Success with Blood Cancer Drug

(Reuters) May 27, 2016 - Roche got a big boost on Friday when a clinical trial testing its new blood cancer drug Gazyva proved successful, lifting prospects for a new medicine that will be pivotal as the Swiss company fights the threat of biosimilar competition.
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AstraZeneca Posts Positive Results In Cancer Trial

(MarketWatch) May 27, 2016 - AstraZeneca PLC said Friday it had positive results from the Phase III hormonal therapy trial comparing the Faslodex drug to Arimidex in the treatment of breast cancer.
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NICE Turns Down Lilly's Lung Cancer Drug Portrazza

(PharmaTimes [UK]) May 27, 2016 - The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published draft guidelines rejecting the drug, in combination with gemcitabine and cisplatin, for treating locally advanced or metastatic epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-expressing squamous non-small-cell lung cancer that has not been treated with chemotherapy.
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Pfizer Offers Hope For Lower-Priced Cancer Drug Combos (Forbes)

Well that was clear as mud. Perhaps in reading the article and having not heard the presentation I am missing something....posted by: Thomas Marsland, MD

Genentech Accused Again Of Cheating Health Care Providers (STAT/Pharmalot)

Simply explained: when an oncology provider opens a package of Genentech’s Herceptin and reconstitutes the lyophilized...posted by: William Harwin MD

Proposal to Reduce Medicare Drug Payments Is Widely Criticized (New York Times)

This mandatory CMS payment experiment ignores informed consent for our patients who are forced by CMS to participate....posted by: Dean Gesme, MD

Breast Cancer Drug Rejected Despite Doubling In Tumour Destruction (The Telegraph [UK])

So this article really made me think (and that's always dangerous...) Could rationing happen here in US ??? ...posted by: Thomas Marsland, MD

Pfizer's Ibrance Delays Breast Cancer Progression: Study (Fox News/Reuters)

Pfizer's Ibrance is an extraordinary advance in the treatment of hormone sensitive metastatic breast cancer. With...posted by: William Harwin MD

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