BREAKING NEWS

Screening is ineffective, Homeland Security statement says
Docs have to look back six years, not 10
Findings could fundamentally change the way cancers are treated
Distinct names are needed for correct prescribing and dispensing, expert says
About two-thirds of readmissions are preventable
Treatment improves survival versus dacarbazine

P&T January 2016
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Features

The agreement between Harvard Pilgrim and Amgen on a “pay for performance” deal involving evolocumab could encourage other manufacturers, health plans, and policy-makers to press for value-based pricing as drug costs continue to escalate.
Use of sodium polystyrene sulfonate (SPS) dominates the long-term treatment of hyperkalemia, but two new agents, sodium zirconium cyclosilicate and the recently FDA-approved patiromer, may offer potential advantages compared with SPS.
Coupled with administration support of an action plan that promotes quality of care and a culture of safety, the Medication Error Prioritization System (which automates parts of error review) has led to improvements for an integrated health care system.

Departments

Medication Errors
Community liaison programs to cut hospital readmissions
Prescription: Washington
FDA deluged with opinions on biosimilar naming plans.
FDA approvals, drug indications, and updates
Elotuzumab (Empliciti) and ixazomib (Ninlaro) for some multiple myeloma patients; Fluad (influenza vaccine, adjuvanted) for immunization of persons 65 years of age and older; and osimertinib (Tagrisso) for certain non–small-cell lung cancers
Drug Forecast
Alirocumab (Praluent): first in the new class of PCSK9 inhibitors
Pipeline Plus
Analysts foresee substantial growth in the multiple myeloma market in the next decade, driven mainly by the monoclonal antibodies elotuzumab and daratumumab.