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ASCO 2017: Same-Day Dosing Cuts Costs

Tony Hagen @oncobiz
Published: Friday, May 26, 2017

Researchers achieved cost savings and cut down on the amount of drug they had to throw away by pooling drug vials and dosing all patients with a given disease on the same day of the week, according to data released ahead of the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting.

The ASCO meeting is from June 2-6 next week in Chicago.

Dosing Patients in Batches for Savings

Researchers in Canada achieved significant cost savings using an expensive agent whose minimum size vials were larger than necessary for average patient dosing by scheduling dosing for all patients on the same weekday.1 Any unused drug was saved and used to treat other patients.

The authors concluded that batching with cabazitaxel at a single treatment center was feasible and resulted in significant reduction in wastage. “This approach could be applied to centers with adequate patient volumes to save costs and reduce a key barrier to the use of cabazitaxel. A similar strategy can also be applied to other drugs across the field of oncology and has similar implications for cost savings,” they wrote.

Value of Drugs Declines Relative to Cost

A research team in Toronto has concluded that the rising cost of new oncology drugs actually exceeds their added clinical benefit.2 In fact, the value of novel agents appears to be decreasing, they said.
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