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  NICE has issued a final draft guidance recommending that men with hormone-relapsed prostate cancer (castrate resistant) that has metastasized and has been treated with docetaxel (chemotherapy)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 [...]

A First Victory in Our Fight Against Fail First Therapy – Thanking Health Partners in Minnesota for Their Concern for Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer

Fail First Therapy or Step Therapy has been a topic I have written about in prior posts. It is my considered opinion that as it works its way into the treatment protocols for advanced prostate cancer it will have nothing but a very negative result for our health and longevity. What is Fail First Therapy [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Step Therapy with Zytiga & Xtandi – Two Equal Drugs Make Our Insurance Companies Our Doctors!

Recently men with advanced prostate cancer have found that their insurance companies have been dictating what drugs they can get instead of their doctor making the best decision for them. At Malecare we have seen that when a man with metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) has finished taking chemotherapy they have been steered by [...]

Increasing Cost of Treating Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer & Its Effects on the Payers

The treatment of advanced prostate cancer, and in particular castrate resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), has changed greatly over the last 4 years. Treatment options have expanded and now offer multiple treatment possibilities that did not exist 4 years ago. With the addition of all these new options, so comes the addition of significant economic costs, [...]