Opdivo Reignites the Drug Pricing Discussion
While Sovaldi is still fresh on the mind, Ono Pharmaceutical's Opdivo (nivolumab), marketed jointly with BMS in Japan, has analysts projecting what the treatment might cost in the US.
Ruling Against Obamacare to Get a Second Look
The Appeals Court for the District of Columbia announced Thursday that it would re-hear Halbig v. Burwell en banc, meaning the entire panel of 11 judges will weigh in on the case. There will also be two senior judges who hear the case, but do not vote.
Perspective: The Value of Care and QALY
Does $50,000 per quality-adjusted life year (QALY) hold value in today's age of high-priced specialty drugs? The authors evaluate this yardstick and recommend changes that could aid cost-effectiveness decisions.
Global Diabetes Rates Are a Barrier to TB Control
If diabetes rates continue to rise out of control, the present downward trajectory in global TB cases could be offset by 8% (ie, 8% less reduction) or more by 2035, warn the authors of a new article.
Healthcare Spending Growth Expected to Pick Up This Year to 5.6%
The economy's lackluster recovery eroded wages and left millions chronically unemployed. It also offered significant relief from the fiscal distress of U.S. health spending. Now, spending fueled by the improving economy and the healthcare reform law's insurance and Medicaid expansions are likely to turn that around.
ACA Woes Continue For Some
Glitches in the website could prevent individuals from submitting immigration documents, resulting in fines or loss of coverage.
Cabozantinib Fails in Phase 3
The company developing the drug, Excelis, now plans to focus it's attention on the ongoing kidney and liver cancer trials for the drug.
In Healthcare Reform, Helping Patients Pick the Right Doctor Is Key to Accountable Care
Of the many elements in healthcare reform, one essential has been overlooked: helping patients pick the doctor who is right for them. In an commentary appearing in Evidence-Based Oncology, a publication of The American Journal of Managed Care, Brian W. Powers and Sachin H. Jain, MD, MBA, outline a framework for accountable physician selection, noting that the higher the stakes, the more important this process.