Mark J. Ratain, MD, on Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia: Making a Case for Low-Dose Ibrutinib
First International Summit on Interventional Pharmacoeconomics
Mark J. Ratain, MD, of the University of Chicago, talks about why ibrutinib—which can lead to cardiotoxicities—should be studied at a lower dose for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Data suggest a reduced dose may prevent dose interruption due to adverse events and may have a better therapeutic index.
Allen S. Lichter, MD, of the Value in Cancer Care Consortium, interviews Clifford A. Hudis, MD, Chief Executive Officer of ASCO, on the question of whether cancer drug prices in the United States are the problem, or just the symptom, of a larger systemic issue.
Leonard B. Saltz, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses interventional pharmacoeconomics as an important tool that can offer patients with cancer more efficacious and cost-effective care. Pharmacoeconomics may help reduce the high costs of cancer therapy, with evidence-based reductions in doses that maintain effective treatment.