In July 2018 durvalumab (Imfinzi ®) received a positive opinion from the Committee for Medical Products for Human Use (CHMP). The committee recommended marketing authorisation for the agent in Europe for the treatment of locally-advanced, unresectable non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in adults whose tumours express PD-L1 on ≥1% of tumour cells, and whose disease has not progressed following platinum-based chemotherapy and radiation therapy.  Continue reading “Durvalumab (Imfinzi®): CHMP Positive Opinion for NSCLC in Europe”
In July 2018, the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) recommended not to reimburse dupilumab. Continue reading “Dupilumab (Dupixent®): CADTH Publishes Negative Recommendation for Reimbursement in Canada”
Durvalumab (IMFINZI®) was approved by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in July 2018, for maintenance therapy after definitive chemoradiation therapy (CRT) in locally-advanced (Stage III), unresectable non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Continue reading “Durvalumab (IMFINZI®): Follow up Approval for NSCLC in Japan”
PharmacoEconomics invites the submission of papers (original research, reviews and opinion pieces) on improving transparency in decision models for a themed issue of the journal to be published in 2019 and guest edited by Paul Tappenden (University of Sheffield) and Jaime Caro (London School of Economics and McGill University). We encourage papers from the perspectives of a variety of stakeholders including methodologists, payers, health technology assessment bodies, analysts, pharmaceutical industry, advocacy groups and software developers. Country-specific perspectives are also encouraged. Papers can be either methodological or applied. Continue reading “Call for Papers: Themed Issue – Improving Transparency in Decision Models”
The recent first global approval of andexanet alfa [coagulation factor Xa (recombinant), inactivated-zhzo] has been reviewed in detail in the First Global Approval report in Adis’ journal Drugs, based on the development milestones tracked in AdisInsight. Continue reading “Andexanet Alfa (Andexxa ®): First Global Approval – first-in-class anticoagulant rescue for therapy-induced bleeding”
Between March 2017 and January 2018 Dupilumab was approved in four major global regions: the US, the EU, Canada, and Japan. Continue reading “Dupilumab (Dupixent®): NICE Publishes Positive Final Appraisal Determination”
The recent first global approval of fostamatinib has been reviewed in detail in the First Global Approval report in Adis’ journal Drugs, based on the development milestones tracked in AdisInsight. Continue reading “Fostamatinib (TAVALISSE™): First Global Approval – initiating the fight against self-destruction in patients with ITP”
In the good old days eating mud pies and sucking on worms in the garden was considered a normal part of growing up. Maybe not worthy of a Michelin star, and maybe some would be worried about “germs”, but who knew back then that we would eventually be actively exploring how to re-invent bacteria to help treat diseases, particularly those associated with malfunctions of the microbiome: the collective genes of the community of microorganisms our bodies play happy host to. Continue reading “Bioengineered bacteria… the answer to a broken biome?”
Applied Health Economics and Health Policy invites the submission of manuscripts with a focus on the economics of mental health for a special issue of the journal to be published in 2019.
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Estimates suggest that the annual cost of mental illness to developed countries is around 4% of GDP and results in around 12 million days of reduced productivity each year. To further our understanding of these issues, Applied Health Economics and Health Policy is calling for papers that explore the economic dimensions of mental health. Some key questions this work may consider include:
- Are resources allocated efficiently in mental health?
- What is the economic cost of mental illness?
- What would be the return on investment of a scaled-up response to the burden of mental ill health?
The Guest Editors for the special issue are Professor Chris Doran and Dr Irina Kinchin from Central Queensland University, Australia.
Please submit an abstract describing your proposed paper by 30 September 2018 to the Editor, Tim Wrightson. Full papers will be invited by 31 October 2018 with manuscripts due in March 2019.
Baricitinib was first approved in the EU in February 2017 for the treatment of adults with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA); this was followed shortly after by an approval in Japan in July of the same year. Almost a year later, this Janus Kinase (JAK) inhibitor was approved by the US FDA in June 2018. Continue reading “Baricitinib (Olumiant™): Now also available in the USA”