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Thomas Marsland, MD
Vice President Integrated Community Oncology Network Former Community Representative ASCO Board of Directors

Cancer Doctors Plan to Compare Value of Expensive Drugs

(Bloomberg) Apr 17, 2014 - The world’s largest organization of cancer doctors plans to rate the cost effectiveness of expensive oncology drugs, and will urge physicians to use the ratings to discuss the costs with their patients.

Commentary: The cost of drug is an issue we have been dealing with forever. No question however that as the price of new drugs...



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News Story Commentary By Academic and Community Oncologists



Cancer Doctors Plan to Compare Value of Expensive Drugs (Bloomberg)

The cost of drug is an issue we have been dealing with forever. No question however that as the price of new drugs...posted by: Thomas Marsland, MD

New Kind of Trial Aims to Speed Cancer Drug Development (Reuters)

I applaud the efforts of ASCO to come up with novel ways of measuring the value of new oncology drugs based on...posted by: William Harwin MD

Gene Panel Effectively Screens Dozens of Genes for Cancer-associated Mutations, Study Finds (Stanford School of Medicine)

Given the constant evolving world of genomic testing and molecular profiling, this is definitely an area that payers...posted by: Winston Wong, PharmD

FDA Approves Novartis' ALK Inhibitor! Maybe...Really Soon? (TheStreet)

Aside from the embarrassing error, I think that as relevant an issue is the fact that this was sent out by Inspire...posted by: H. Jack, West, MD

Medicare Considers Using NCCN Guides as Clinical Pathways (Medscape Medical News)

I have to wonder if CMS's application of the NCCN guidelines will have much impact at all. Where my comment comes...posted by: Winston, Wong, PharmD






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