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Novel Procedure Improves Kidney Transplant Success

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 2, 2017 – A new treatment might open the door for more patients with advanced kidney disease to get a transplant, a preliminary study suggests. Of the 100,000-plus Americans waiting for a donor kidney, about one-third are "sensitized," said Dr. Robert Montgomery, director of the Transplant Institute at NYU Langone in New York City. Those patients face a tough situation: They harbor immune system antibodies that are primed to attack a donor organ. The antibodies can form when a person is exposed to foreign tissue, Montgomery explained. So a patient who's had a prior kidney transplant may be highly sensitized – meaning they have a large number of the offending antibodies. It can also happen to patients who've had blood transfusion or ever been pregnant, Montgomery said. It's almost impossible to find a compatible donor for those patients. But they might be able to ... Read more

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FDA Approves Rituxan Hycela (rituximab and hyaluronidase human) for Subcutaneous Injection in Certain Blood Cancers

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

South San Francisco, CA – June 22, 2017 – Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Rituxan Hycela (rituximab and hyaluronidase human) for subcutaneous (under the skin) injection for the treatment of adults with the following blood cancers: previously untreated and relapsed or refractory follicular lymphoma, previously untreated diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), and previously untreated and previously treated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). This new treatment includes the same monoclonal antibody as intravenous Rituxan® (rituximab) in combination with hyaluronidase human, an enzyme that helps to deliver rituximab under the skin. “With today’s approval of Rituxan Hycela, people with three of the most common blood cancers now have a new treatment option which provides efficacy c ... Read more

Related support groups: Cancer, Leukemia, Rituxan, Lymphoma, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), Rituximab, Follicular Lymphoma, Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma, Rituxan Hycela, Hyaluronidase/rituximab

Publicly Funded Cancer Trials Gained Americans 3 Million More Years

Posted 6 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 – Public-funded trials have significantly extended the lives of people diagnosed with cancer, according to new research. SWOG, the clinical trials network funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI), has involved more than 200,000 patient volunteers. These trials have led to approval of 14 new cancer drugs and more than 100 changes to cancer care standards. All told, the clinical trials studied extended life by 3.34 million years, the study found. SWOG estimates the dollar return on investment from federal funding at $125 for each year of life gained. "A lot of people with cancer have lived longer because of the therapies tested in our publicly funded trials," study leader Joseph Unger said in a SWOG news release. He is an assistant member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Cancer Prevention Program in Seattle. "At the same time, the cost of ... Read more

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Early Treatment Equals Better Results for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted 25 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 – Treating rheumatoid arthritis early may make for better outcomes, a new study suggests. Patients who were treated within six months of developing the first signs of the autoimmune disease did better in the long run and were less likely to suffer early death, British researchers found. The findings stem from an analysis of more than 600 patients who were initially diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) between 1990 and 1994. They were tracked for over 20 years. Over the study time frame, investigators assessed key symptoms of RA, such as swollen and/or tender joints, and indications of disability. All deaths were also noted. The research team found that patients who started treatment for RA within the first half-year after the first symptoms surfaced tended to have no greater levels of disability over a 20-year period than patients who required no treatment. ... Read more

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Could a Germ Link Gum Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Posted 15 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 – A specific germ may help explain the long-noticed connection between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis, a new study suggests. The discovery might also point to the potential origins of the painful joint illness. "If we're right, this will totally change the view of rheumatoid arthritis and treatment of patients," said study co-author Dr. Felipe Andrade. But, Andrade, an associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, cautioned that this is "an early finding that needs confirmation by others." Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic form of arthritis linked to an overactive immune system. It can affect a variety of body systems, not just the joints. The disease affects roughly 1.5 million U.S. adults, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more than a century, scientists have noticed ... Read more

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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

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Study Suggests Causes for Lupus' Impact on Immune System

Posted 8 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 – Scientists have found new clues that help explain what's going wrong in the immune systems of people with lupus – insight they hope will lead to new therapies, or help guide current treatment choices. Lupus has several forms, but the most common is systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). In SLE, the immune system mistakenly produces antibodies against the body's own tissue. The onslaught can have widespread effects, damaging the skin, joints, heart, lungs, kidneys and brain, according to the Lupus Foundation of America. The disease mostly strikes women, usually starting in their 20s or 30s, the foundation says. In the new study, the researchers found evidence that in people with lupus, some of the immune system's "B cells" mature the wrong way – so that they promote inflammation instead of fighting it. The findings, published online March 8 in the journal ... Read more

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U.S. Oncologists Decry High Cost of Cancer Drugs

Posted 23 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 – Soaring costs for cancer drugs are hurting patient care in the United States, a group of top oncologists claim. "High cancer-drug prices are affecting the care of patients with cancer and our health care system," Dr. Ayalew Tefferi, a hematologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said in a Mayo news release. Tefferi and his colleagues made a number of recommendations on how to address the problem in a commentary published July 23 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices is one of the suggestions the team of 118 leading cancer experts offered as a possible solution. Along with their recommendations, the group also expressed support for a patient-based grassroots movement on change.org that is demanding action on the issue. "The average gross household income in the U.S. is about $52,000 per year. For an insured patient with ... Read more

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2 Drugs Show Promise Against Blood Cancers

Posted 30 May 2015 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, May 30, 2015 – Two new drugs have shown promise in slowing the march of two incurable blood cancers, researchers report. One drug, ibrutinib, appears to greatly improve standard treatment for patients with recurring chronic-lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), the most common adult leukemia in Western countries. Ibrutinib (Imbruvica) reduced the risk of cancer progression or death by 80 percent when combined with a chemotherapy drug called bendamustine (Treanda) and a targeted therapy drug called rituximab (Rituxan), compared to the other two drugs being used on their own, the researchers found. "We found that if you add ibrutinib to the standard regimen, progression-free survival was significantly improved as a direct result of the ibrutinib," said lead author Dr. Asher Chanan-Khan, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. Meanwhile, the second drug, ... Read more

Related support groups: Rituxan, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), Rituximab, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Bendamustine, Treanda, Obinutuzumab, Gazyva

Gene Discoveries Could Help Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

Posted 28 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 – Genetic variations may hold clues to rheumatoid arthritis – suggesting not only who will develop the painful condition, but also predicting its severity and even who might die from it, a new study says. "Genetic factors predisposing to disease, to disease severity, and response to treatment will allow tailoring treatment to individual patients' needs," said lead researcher Dr. Sebastien Viatte, a research fellow at the University of Manchester in England. Using data from several sources on thousands of patients in the United Kingdom, researchers found that gene mutations at a location on a chromosome called HLA-DRBl were associated with rheumatoid arthritis severity and the response to treatment with tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor drugs. This study, Viatte said, is a potentially important first step toward personalized medicine for patients with the ... Read more

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Some Arthritis Meds Cost Seniors Thousands Annually

Posted 21 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 – Arthritis medications known as biologic disease-modifying drugs can cost Medicare patients more than $2,700 in co-payments a year, a new report finds. Researchers say the tab is an immense burden on patients with disabling conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic disorder that affects an estimated 1.3 million Americans. Biologic anti-rheumatic medications – which include drugs such as adalimumab (Humira), anakinra (Kineret) and etanercept (Enbrel) – have allowed patients to gain better control of rheumatoid arthritis when taken early in the course of disease, the researchers explained. But some of the new drugs top $20,000 annually, according to the April 21 online report in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology. "Many patients face a growing and unacceptable financial burden for access to treatment," said study lead author Dr. Jinoos Yazdany of the ... Read more

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Medicines Are Biggest Culprit in Fatal Allergic Reactions: Study

Posted 10 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 – Although food allergies have garnered a lot of attention lately, a new study reports that medications are actually the biggest cause of sudden deaths related to allergy. Over a little more than a decade, nearly 60 percent of the allergy-related deaths were caused by medications, while less than 7 percent were caused by food allergies, the study found. "Medications can be dangerous," said study researcher Dr. Elina Jerschow, director of the Drug Allergy Center at Montefiore Medical Center and assistant professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York City. While research from other countries has reported medications as a major culprit in anaphylaxis-related deaths, Jerschow said, the problem has been less defined in the United States. One reason is that there is no national registry for anaphylaxis deaths, she said. The study was ... Read more

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New Drug Combo Might Help Older, Sicker Patients With Leukemia

Posted 9 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2014 – A new combination of drugs might prolong life in certain older leukemia patients, a new study suggests. The research, led by German scientists, included nearly 800 older people (average age 73) who had been diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. CLL is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, the tissue inside bones in which blood cells are created. The study was published online Jan. 8 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Study participants – none of whom had received treatment for their illness before the start of the research – were randomly assigned to one of three groups. One group received an oral medication called chlorambucil (also known by the brand name Leukeran), the standard chemotherapy drug for older patients with CLL. The second group received chlorambucil plus a drug called rituximab (Rituxan). This drug has been used effectively in ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Arzerra (ofatumumab) and Rituxan (rituximab): Drug Safety Communication - New Boxed Warning, Recommendations to Decrease Risk of Hepatitis B Reactivation

Posted 25 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA approved changes to the prescribing information of the immune-suppressing and anti-cancer drugs Arzerra (ofatumumab) and Rituxan (rituximab) to add new Boxed Warning information about the risk of reactivation of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. The revised labels also will include additional recommendations for screening, monitoring, and managing patients on these drugs to decrease this risk. In patients with prior HBV infection, HBV reactivation may occur when the body’s immune system is impaired. HBV reactivation has occurred in patients with prior HBV exposure who are later treated with drugs classified as CD20-directed cytolytic antibodies, including Arzerra (ofatumumab) and Rituxan (rituximab). Some cases have resulted in fulminant hepatitis, hepatic failure, and death. See the FDA Drug Safety Communication for additional information, including a Data Summary. BA ... Read more

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Cancer Chemotherapy Tied to Slight Rise in Risk for Leukemia

Posted 14 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 14 – Chemotherapy can be a lifesaver for thousands of cancer patients, but a new study suggests that it might slightly raise the odds for a type of leukemia later in life. Over the past 30 years, the risk for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) has increased for patients who underwent chemotherapy for certain forms of cancer, particularly non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the new study found. On the other hand, the researchers from the U.S. National Cancer Institute said other cancer survivors may have a reduced risk for AML due to a change in chemotherapy agents that occurred decades ago. One expert not connected to the study stressed that cancer patients need to put the findings into perspective. "It's important to realize that the risk of developing acute myeloid leukemia related to prior chemotherapy is small and increases with the number of chemotherapy treatments given over time," ... Read more

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