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CMS Issues Guidance on Biosimilar Reimbursement and Formulary Policy

(ASH) Apr 9, 2015 - On March 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued two documents on Medicare Part B and Part D payment for biosimilars that are relevant to hematology.
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Cases of Melanoma Declining in U.S. Children

(Doctors Lounge/HealthDay News) Apr 9, 2015 - The incidence of melanoma is falling among American children, according to a new study published online April 9 in The Journal of Pediatrics.
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Has Northeastern Developed a Cure For Skin Cancer?

(Boston Business Journal/Health Care Inc. blog) Apr 9, 2015 - Researchers at Northeastern University have developed a potential cure for skin cancer, fashioning nanoparticles than can target and destroy cancer cells.
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Doctor Finds Cancer During Prep for Gastric Bypass Surgery

(ABC News) Apr 9, 2015 - A Maryland woman says she is thankful after a doctor caught early-stage stomach cancer during preparation for gastric bypass surgery.
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Mylan Offers to Buy Drugmaker Perrigo for $28.9 Billion

(Bloomberg) Apr 8, 2015 - Mylan NV offered to buy fellow drugmaker Perrigo Co. for $28.9 billion, a deal that would create a powerhouse for generic medicine.
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Michigan Insurer Offers Cancer Genomic Test to Some

(Detroit Free Press) Apr 8, 2015 - A Michigan insurer has begun to offer comprehensive genomic testing for certain patients with rare, advanced or difficult-to-treat cancers.
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FDA Accepts Novo Nordisk's Resubmitted Application for Insulin Drug

(Reuters) Apr 7, 2015 - Denmark's Novo Nordisk A/S said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration accepted a resubmitted application for its key insulin drug, Tresiba, based on interim analysis data from a clinical trial.
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Gilead's Low-dose, High-impact HIV Drug Heads to the FDA

(San Francisco Business Times/Biotech SF blog) Apr 7, 2015 - A next-generation HIV drug from Gilead Sciences Inc., which could be more effective and have fewer side effects with a lower dosage, will go to federal regulators for a decision on whether it should be approved.
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Merck Gets Breakthrough Designation for Hepatitis C Drugs

(Wall Street Journal) Apr 8, 2015 - Merck & Co. said Wednesday that its hepatitis C drugs have been designated breakthrough therapies by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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It Takes Two To Tango: Combine Diagnostics And Drugs For Precision Medicine

(Forbes) Apr 8, 2015 - Companion diagnostics for oncology is obviously leading the way, but there are several other therapeutic areas, including neurology and cardiovascular, that have started to develop drug/diagnostics combo treatments.
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Dr. Owen Witte Recognized With AACR G.H.A. Clowes Memorial Award

(AACR) Apr 7, 2015 - The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is honoring Owen N. Witte, MD with the 55th annual AACR G.H.A. Clowes Memorial Award at the AACR Annual Meeting 2015, to be held in Philadelphia, April 18-22.
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Alaska Airlines Apologizes After Kicking Woman Off Flight for Having Cancer

(Washington Post/Morning Mix blog) Apr 8, 2015 - Alaska Airlines knows cancer is not contagious, right? A woman suffering from multiple myeloma was kicked off a flight from Hawaii to California on Monday with her husband and two sons after the Alaska Airlines cabin crew insisted she needed a doctor’s note to fly.
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A CEO's View On Cancer, Virus-Based 'Cures,' And '60 Minutes' Vs. Reality

(Forbes) Apr 8, 2015 - Brad Thompson, CEO of Oncolytics Biotech, was excited to see '60 Minutes' highlight the field of virus-based cancer drugs, but he knows first-hand how difficult it will be to get them to market.
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8 Reasons the U.S. Surgeon General Should Announce that UV Tanning Causes Skin Cancer

(UCCC/In the Clinic blog) Apr 8, 2015 - A July, 2014 Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer by acting Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak points out that indoor tanning is “strongly associated with increased skin cancer risk,” but stops short of reporting that tanning causes cancer.
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IOM National Cancer Policy Forum Releases a Report on Policy Issues in the Development and Adoption of Biomarkers for Molecularly Targeted Cancer Therapies

(ASH) Apr 6, 2015 - The Institute of Medicine National Cancer Policy Forum has released a summary report on a workshop it hosted on November 10, 2014 titled “Policy Issues in the Development and Adoption of Biomarkers for Molecularly Targeted Cancer Therapies.”
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ASCO Cosponsors Joint Workshop on Diagnostic Tests

(ASCO in Action) Apr 7, 2015 - ASCO recently cosponsored, “Complexities in Personalized Medicine: Harmonizing Companion Diagnostics Across a Class of Targeted Therapies,” a joint workshop with the FDA and AACR focused on discussing methods for improving diagnostic tests.
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21% Medicare Cut Becomes Reality Unless Senators Repeal SGR Next Week

(ASCO in Action) Apr 7, 2015 - Physicians and Medicare beneficiaries across the country are in limbo and facing a 21 percent cut in Medicare reimbursement following inaction to repeal the SGR formula by the Senate on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2).
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Automated Ultrasound Can Improve Breast Cancer Detection In Women With Dense Breasts

(Forbes) Apr 7, 2015 - Automated whole breast ultrasound screening has the potential to improve breast cancer screening of women with dense breasts as a follow-up to traditional mammograms.
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Halozyme Provides Update Following Type B FDA Meeting

(Yahoo! Finance) Apr 8, 2015 - Recent FDA meeting allows for potential marketing application based on progression free survival in pivotal Phase 3 pancreatic cancer study.
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FDA Approves New Use for Immunotherapy Drug in Mesothelioma Treatment

(Asbestos.com) Apr 7, 2015 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted orphan drug designation last week to the immunotherapy vaccine CRS-207, moving it one step closer to changing the way malignant pleural mesothelioma is treated.
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New Therapeutic Option Now Available for Select Treatment Resistant Lung Cancer Patients

(Novartis) Apr 7, 2015 - Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. is pleased to announce that Health Canada has issued a marketing authorization with conditions for Zykadia™ (ceritinib), a lung cancer treatment that addresses an unmet medical need for patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive locally advanced (not amenable to curative therapy) or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have progressed on or who were intolerant to crizotinib.
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Physicians Pioneer the Use of Stereotactic Body Radiation for Deadly Kidney Cancer Complication

(UT Southwestern) Apr 7, 2015 – UT Southwestern Medical Center Kidney Cancer Program investigators have published what is believed to be the first reported successful use of stereotactic body radiation therapy for an often deadly complication of kidney cancer.
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Half of Colorectal Cancer Survivors Have Continued Pain

(Doctors Lounge/HealthDay News) Apr 6, 2015 — Almost half of colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors with pain interference (PI) during the initial phase of care have continued PI post-treatment, according to a study published online March 20 in Pain Medicine.
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Researchers Identify Subtype of Lethal Prostate Cancer

(SUNY Upstate Medical University) Apr 8, 2015 - Researchers at Upstate Medical University and Harvard University have linked the loss of key gene, WAVE1, to a lethal form of prostate cancer, according to a study published in the journal Oncotarget.
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No Strong Association Between Lung Cancer Risk in Women and Reproductive History or Hormone Use

(IASLC) Apr 8, 2015 - The Women's Health Initiative Studies, a large prospective study of lung cancer, found no strong associations between lung cancer risk and a wide range of reproductive history variables and only revealed weak support for a role of hormone use in the incidence of lung cancer.
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