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NICE Recommends Xtandi for Men with Prior Zytiga Exposure – Good News for our Brothers and Ammunition to Appeal Step Therapy

There is some really good news for those of us who live in areas where The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends drug approvals.  NICE has issued a final draft guidance recommending that men with hormone-relapsed prostate cancer (castrate resistant) that has metastasized and has been treated with docetaxel (chemotherapy) should be [...]

NICE Changes Its Mind & Reverses Its Prior Decision on the Use of Xtandi in the UK!

Live in the UK and have advanced prostate cancer? If you do then be prepared to have economics over-ride your legitimate health concerns. The U.K.'s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) makes no bones about what is more important, money or men’s health. NICE initially did not approve Zytiga, however when Johnson & [...]

PLATO – A New Phase 4 Clinical Trial Extending the Use of Xtandi & Combining It with Zytiga

The makers of Enzalutamide (Xtandi), Astellas Pharma US, Inc and Medivation, Inc have begun a Phase 4 clinical trial known as PLATO. The study is designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of continued treatment with enzalutamide (Xtandi) plus abiraterone acetate (Zytiga) and prednisone as compared to treatment with Zytiga and prednisone alone in men [...]

Positive Results for Xtandi in the Pre-Chemotherapy Space

It was announced today that after observing significant benefits in overall survival (OS) and radiographic progression free survival (PFS) ,the two co-primary endpoints of the the Xtandi pre-chemotherapy trial,  the Independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC) for The Phase 3 PREVAIL trial of enzalutamide in metastatic prostate cancer recommends that "the study be stopped and patients [...]

Step Therapy – The Creeping Crud Infecting Our Care Takes Another Bite Out Of Our Treatment  

Step therapy (ST) has again reared its most ugly head in our prostate cancer world, to the detriment of us, prostate cancer survivors and only to the benefit of private insurance payers. So, what is this “creeping crud,” Step Therapy (aka as Fail First Therapy)? Simply, ST is when insurance companies decide, without sound medical [...]

Evidence Against Step Therapy Being Good for Prostate Cancer Care

On August 13, 2013 I wrote an important post about the terrible practice beginning to rear its head called step therapy. Step therapy is the practice of insurance companies requiring less expensive drugs be prescribed prior to more expensive ones despite the comparative efficacy of the drugs and their different mechanisms of action. This practice [...]

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