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November 2016

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From Specialty Pharmacy News - Providing oncologists real-time clinical support for selecting treatment regimens speeded up one insurer’s approval process and reduced its drug costs by 20% in one state, according to a recently published article in the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Journal of Oncology Practice. The article, which was published online Oct. 24, examined a pilot program in which UnitedHealthcare implemented a digital version of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s (NCCN) Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology to be used as a prior-authorization tool offering real-time decision support. Read more

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December 2, 2016
CMS Releases 2015 National Health Expenditures Data

CMS reports that spending on prescription drugs rose 9.0% in 2015, down from 12.4% growth in 2014 but an increase from 2.3% in 2013 http://tinyurl.com/j45m46b

October 25, 2016
FDA OKs Keytruda as First Checkpoint Inhibitor for 1st Line Lung Cancer Treatment

FDA approved Merck’s Keytruda to treat metastatic NSCLC in people with high PD-L1 expression. It’s the first checkpoint inhibitor approved as 1st line treatment for lung cancer. Agency also expanded 2nd line indication to all PD-L1-expressing NSCLC http://tinyurl.com/zlu4d8t

October 17, 2016
Biden Delivers Moonshot Report

Vice President Biden issues final Cancer Moonshot report to president, will address public this afternoon https://medium.com/cancer-moonshot

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