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Novartis, GSK, Lilly in multibillion-dollar deals
By Associated Press | April 22, 2014
Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis announced a series of multibillion-dollar deals Tuesday with other major pharmaceutical companies that it said would reduce sales but boost profitability, while affecting some 15,000 of its employees globally.
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CMS to weigh Medicare coverage of CT scans for smokers
By Virgil Dickson | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
On April 30 the CMS will convene a meeting of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee to decide if Medicare will cover annual screenings for lung cancer with low-dose CT scans for current or past heavy smokers.
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Colorado center will offer treatments targeted by patient DNA
By Andis Robeznieks | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Four Colorado healthcare organizations planning a $63 million Center for Personalized Medicine aim to use patients' DNA to predict their risk of disease and develop targeted treatments based on the genetic information.
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Cancer drugs' high prices impede comparative research: study
By Sabriya Rice | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The high prices of some cancer drugs drew attention from oncologists last week. Two National Cancer Institute researchers wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine that steep prices make it difficult or impossible to conduct randomized trials comparing the effectiveness of different therapies.
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Cancer drugs: Too expensive to compare?
By Sabriya Rice | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The prices of some cancer drugs are so high that they preclude trials comparing their effectiveness, according to two National Cancer Institute researchers.
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Cancer doctors plan to compare value of expensive drugs
By Bloomberg | April 17, 2014
The world's largest organization of cancer doctors plans to rate the cost effectiveness of expensive oncology drugs, and will urge physicians to use the ratings to discuss the costs with their patients.
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FDA warns of risks with fibroid removal procedure
By Associated Press | April 17, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a device-assisted procedure for treating fibroids could inadvertently spread cancer from the uterus to other parts of the body.
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Proton-beam centers sprout despite evidence drought
By Jaimy Lee | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Widespread construction of expensive proton-beam therapy centers is galloping ahead, despite warnings from insurers and policy experts who decry the lack of evidence proving that the costly treatment produces better outcomes in prostate cancer patients, its most frequent use.
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Data Points
By Modern Healthcare | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
What percentage of black women have had utilities turned off because of unpaid cancer treatment bills? Read Data Points and find out.
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Limits on cancer center access just tip of the iceberg, and other letters
By Modern Healthcare | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The article on restricted access to cancer care is the tip of the iceberg.
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