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Expanding the Role of Radium-223 (Xofigo)

One of the newer drugs and one that has recently had great air play is the bone targeting radiopharmaceutical drug radium-223 or Xofigo. Currently, it is approved for men with castrate resistant prostate cancer with bone metastases. The problem is that currently Xofigo is only approved for one round of treatment using 6 monthly infusions. [...]

Chemotherapy After Radium-223 Appears to be Safe in Men with Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

  Understanding how to best sequence and combine our new drugs to treat advanced prostate cancer includes the most discussed issue, efficacy. We want to know if a special order or a special combination of the approved drugs will nake a difference in both our quality of life (QoL) as well as how survival. Often [...]

Radium-223 When Given In Combinations May Improve Survival in mCRPC

As I have said before, the next big step in the clinical care of men with prostate cancer will be in not in the development of a new drug, but in our growing knowledge of how to sequence and combine our new drugs. Today’s post provides just one example of this new type of breakthrough [...]

Xofigo Without A Co-Pay For Men Who Are Uninsured or Who Have A Medical Policy That Doesn’t Cover Xofigo

I have been informed that it is now possible for men in need of the treatment Xofigo to obtain it without having to pay any co-pays.  The program that is making this possible is called Xofigo Access Services and is designed to make Xofigo available for men with a commercial medical insurance policy (not medicaid [...]

Skeletal Events and the Treatment of Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer

Many of our doctors are constantly vigilant about our developing skeletal related issues.   Having advanced prostate cancer and receiving treatment for this disease increases our odds of developing skeletal issues which affect both our quality of life and our mortality. Drugs like denosumab (Xgeva) and zoledronic acid (Zometa) are important in delaying the onset of [...]

Quality Control Of Xofigo – Confirming That Intravenous Radium-223 Actually Becomes Systemic and Doesn’t Leak At The Injection Site

Radium-223 dichloride (Xofigo) has been approved as an intravenous radiotherapy for men with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) who have multiple osseous (bone) metastases. Most often, it is used in men who have too many metastases to treat with spot radiation. Xofigo works by mimicking calcium that is attracted to bones. To be successful the drug [...]

NICE Reverses Its Decision and Now Recommends Radium-223 (Xofigo) For Men Who Have Had Chemotherapy

According to Prostate Cancer UK The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has released its second draft decision on the availability of radium-223 (Xofigo). Different from the original draft this draft recommends that radium-223 be made available on the NHS for men with advanced prostate cancer that no longer responds to hormone therapy [...]

Xofigo Pricing To Change With Patient Costs To Be Reliant On Weight Sensitive Dosages

As of January 1, 2015 there will be some significant changes in the billing and reimbursement schedule for men receiving Bayer healthcare’s radium Ra223 dichloride (Xofigo). Xofigo is FDA approved for the treatment of men with castration-resistant metastatic prostate cancer (mCRPC) who have symptomatic bone metastases and no known visceral metastatic disease. These changes result [...]

Xofigo To Again Be Available to New Patients with Metastatic Prostate Cancer

Bayer Healthcare has announced that they will be resuming production of Xofigo® (radium Ra 223 dichloride) for new patients beginning on Monday, November 17th. Xofigo is the newly FDA approved radiopharmaceutical treatment for men with castrate resistant metastatic prostate cancer (mCRPC) with bone metastases without any known visceral metastases. On October 8, 2014 Bayer informed [...]

Bayer HealthCare Announces the Resumption of the Production of Xofigo (Ra 223 dichloride)

Bayer HealthCare has announced that they have now resumed production of Xofigo (Ra 223 dichloride). Bayer has indicated that an initial lot of Xofigo has already been released so some patients will be able to re-start their treatment as early as this week. Bayer is in the process of contacting treating physicians with the news. [...]