Skip to Content

Join the 'Elotuzumab' group to help and get support from people like you.

Elotuzumab News

U.S. Pays Highest Prices for Cancer Meds: Study

Posted 6 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 6, 2016 – The United States pays the highest prices in the world for generic and brand-name cancer drugs, a new study has found. However, as the world's wealthiest nation, the United States is better able to pay for those pricey drugs than poorer countries with somewhat lower medication prices, added study lead author Dr. Daniel Goldstein. People in China and India are much less able to afford cancer drugs than Americans, he said, even though U.S. monthly drug prices are about three to six times higher in the United States. That doesn't mean America came out on top in overall drug affordability, however. Developed nations such as Australia, England and Israel had the "best deal" in the world on cancer drugs, thanks to government programs that regulate drug pricing, the study found. "America is the wealthiest nation, but its drug prices are significantly higher – so much ... Read more

Related support groups: Cancer, Provera, Depo-Provera, Methotrexate, Breast Cancer, Accutane, Lupron, Tamoxifen, Medroxyprogesterone, Arimidex, Tretinoin, Fluorouracil, Lupron Depot, Femara, Gleevec, Colorectal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Isotretinoin, Rituxan, Claravis

'Precision' Cancer Treatment May Extend Lives

Posted 20 May 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 – "Precision" cancer treatment that's guided by genetic clues from the patient's own tumor appears to outperform traditional chemotherapy, a new research review finds. Patients given precision – or personalized – treatment experienced a tumor shrinkage rate six times that attained by regular chemotherapy. But, that only happened if doctors used genetic information to choose the appropriate targeted therapy, said lead researcher Maria Schwaederle. Those patients also experienced nearly double the length of time before their cancer resumed growing, according to the analysis of nearly 350 clinical trials. "It is not just that the therapies are better, but that targeted therapies must be given to the right patients," said Schwaederle, who's with the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine's Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy. She will present ... Read more

Related support groups: Cancer, Methotrexate, Breast Cancer, Accutane, Tretinoin, Fluorouracil, Gleevec, Colorectal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Isotretinoin, Claravis, Tarceva, Xeloda, Skin Cancer, BCG, Revlimid, Tasigna, Sprycel, Hydroxyurea, Zytiga

Empliciti Approved for Multiple Myeloma

Posted 1 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 – Empliciti (elotuzumab), in combination with two other drugs, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat the blood cancer multiple myeloma. The drug is only approved for patients who have already been given one-to-three prior therapies for the disease. Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer that affects germ-fighting white blood cells produced in bone marrow. Symptoms typically include a weakened immune system and bone and kidney problems. Nearly 27,000 new cases are projected in the United States, and more than 11,000 will die from it this year, the National Cancer Institute estimates. Empliciti directs the immune system to kill multiple myeloma cells, the FDA explained Monday in a news release. It is approved in combination with another anti-cancer drug, Revlimid (lenalidomide), and the corticosteroid dexamethasone. Empliciti was ... Read more

Related support groups: Multiple Myeloma, Elotuzumab, Empliciti

FDA Approves Empliciti (elotuzumab) for Multiple Myeloma

Posted 1 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

November 30, 2015 – Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted approval for Empliciti (elotuzumab) in combination with two other therapies to treat people with multiple myeloma who have received one to three prior medications. Multiple myeloma is a form of blood cancer that occurs in infection-fighting plasma cells (a type of white blood cell) found in the bone marrow. These cancerous cells multiply, produce an abnormal protein and push out other healthy blood cells from the bone marrow. This disease may result in a weakened immune system, and cause other bone and kidney problems. The National Cancer Institute estimates there will be 26,850 new cases of multiple myeloma and 11,240 related deaths in the United States this year. “We are continuing to learn about the ways the immune system interacts with different types of cancer, including multiple myeloma," said Richard P ... Read more

Related support groups: Multiple Myeloma, Elotuzumab, Empliciti

Ask a Question

Further Information

Related Condition Support Groups

Multiple Myeloma

Related Drug Support Groups

Empliciti

Elotuzumab Patient Information at Drugs.com