Peter Wehrwein has been the lead editor of Managed Healthcare Executive since February 2020.
FDA Authorizes Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine
It differs from the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine. Instead of using mRNA, the Novavax vaccines consists of proteins found in the spikes of the COVID-19 vaccine combined with an adjuvant made from the bark of a tree that grows in Chile.
The Durability of Roctavian and the Need for Corticosteroids
Data from clinical trials suggest that the vast majority of the patients respond to the gene therapy for hemophilia A, says Courtney Thornburg, M.D., M.S. But there is also decreasing factor expression.
Gene Therapy for Hemophilia As a ‘Paradigm Shift’
Roctavian for hemophilia A and Hemgenix for hemophilia B could spare some patients from treatment that involves intravenous infusions of clotting factors several times a week. But a hemophilia expert cautions that the high-priced gene therapies aren’t a cure and that the reprieve won’t last a lifetime.
‘What makes a cancer diagnosis so challenging is the complexity of the cancer journey,” says Jennifer Goldsack, CEO of the Digital Medicine Society
Goldsack discussed applying AI and full-stack virtual care-first solutions in oncology and the Digital Medicine Society’s role in CancerX, one of the Biden administration’s Cancer Moonshot initiatives in a recent interview with Managed Healthcare Executive.
‘Done well, there are very few boundaries around the digitization of healthcare,’ says Jennifer Goldsack, CEO of the Digital Medicine Society
Goldsack also pointed to Podimetrics and its SmartMat product, which detects the warning signs of diabetic foot ulcers, as a digital health success story: “That is the sort of thing we want to see.”
‘While we are tech enthusiasts, we are certainly not tech determinists,’ says Jennifer Goldsack, CEO of the Digital Medicine Society
Goldsack also explained the Digital Medicine Society’s role as a convener and developer of evidentiary frameworks in a recent interview with Managed Healthcare Executive.
IPhone Facial Recognition and an App Could Make for Fast, Easy, and Inexpensive Monitoring of Eyeball Protrusion in Graves’ Disease
Researchers in Switzlerland reported results from a small, proof-of-concept study in JAMA Ophthalmology that suggest an iPhone 11 and an app may be superior to traditional measurement with an Hertel exophthalmometer.
Employer Group to Hospitals: Your High Prices Aren't Justified and Here's Why
The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions issued a report today debunking what it says are 10 myths used by hospitals to justify the high prices they charge health plans sponsored by employers. The American Hospital Association responded with a statement that said report was a rehash of anti-hospital talking points.
Many Patients Use Complementary and Alternative Medicine. For Their Dermatologists, That Presents Knotty Ethical Issues
Patient autonomy needs to be balanced with an obligation to educate patients about the risk and benefits of the complementary and alternative medicine treatments, say the authors of an article in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Intravenous Iron for Patients With Heart Failure? Recent Research Goes Against the Grain.
Injectafer (ferric carboxymaltose injection) was no better than a placebo in a double-blind study of patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. The researchers offered several possible explanations for the unexpected result. Were reduced hospitalizations during the COVID-19 pandemic perhaps a factor?
Survey Shows Uptick in Discomfort in Interacting With Barbers, Teachers and Co-workers Living With HIV
The GLAAD HIV Stigma Survey also showed big differences in HIV knowledge among generations.
Gene Therapy Among the New Possible Treatments for Wilson’s Disease, a Rare Liver Disease
Two gene therapy trials using adeno-associated viral vectors are underway. A review paper published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine says lifelong treatment with chelators is effective but adherence is a problem.
Michael Thompson on Employer-PBM Relations and What It Will Take to Change Them
Thompson, the president of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, said if that 20% of the market changes way it deals with PBMs “it will change the market, it will change the conversation, it will change the practices of key players.”
HCV Infection, Once a Hurdle to Heart Transplantation, Is Now Manageable
The advent of the direct-acting antivirals, such as Harvoni (ledipasvir and sofosbuvir) means people can be treated for HCV infection if they receive a heart from an HCV-viremic donor, according to a recent review paper. The supply of hearts available for transplantation has increased, partly because HCV-viremic individuals are now part of the donor pool.
What Digital Therapeutics Need To Do To Get Covered | 2023 PBMI Annual National Conference
Panelists at the 2023 PBMI Annual National Conference mentioned post-marketing studies and changing the mind-set about what a prescription entails.
What is Holding the Increase of Digital Therapeutic Use Back, What Can Remove Those Barriers | 2023 PBMI Annual National Conference
Mike Steelman, vice president, Managed Markets, Dexcom presented on the pathways to implement non-prescription digital therapeutics at the 2023 PBMI Annual National Conference in Orlando. In this interview with Managed Healthcare Executive, Steelman suggests that creating "certainty in an uncertain world" in the digital therapeutic space could potentially open up doors for further use of these tools.
A Look Into the Rare-Ultra Orphan Disease Market With Mike Baldzicki of Premier Pharmacy Services | 2023 PBMI Annual National Conference
Mike Baldzicki, chief commercial officer, Premier Pharmacy Services, shared some takeaways from his presentation on the rare-ultra orphan disease market and its therapies at the 2023 PBMI Annual National Conference in Orlando.
Ellen Feeney of Highmark Explains the Expense, Process of New Drug Cost Management Programs | 2023 PBMI Annual National Conference
At the 2023 PBMI Annual National Conference in Orlando, Ellen Feeney, director of Clinical Pharmacy Strategies at Highmark discusses how these new programs payers are using to control medication costs work, and shares how costs of the GLP-1s should be managed.
Rhino Health's Ittai Dayan Recommends Those in Healthcare Read 'The House of God'
Ittai Dayan, M.D., M.P.H., co-founder and CEO of Rhino Health, is one of 12 winners in this year's Emerging Leaders in Healthcare feature. In this video interview, Dayan not only shares a good read for healthcare professionals, but also a turning point that changed his career trajectory and even a guilty pleasure of his — which involves finishing a scoop or more of his son's ice cream.
Ben Urick of Prime Therapeutics Talks How Medication Adherence Leads to Cost Savings | 2023 PBMI Annual National Conference
At this year's PBMI Annual National Conference in Orlando Ben Urick, principal health outcomes researcher at Prime Therapeutics, shared methods for medical cost savings through adherence improvement using integrated medical and pharmacy claims data.
Meet Community Needs to Address Gaps in Healthcare Equity, Says Keynote Speaker Sampson Davis, M.D. | 2023 PBMI Annual National Conference
Sampson Davis, M.D., an emergency medicine physician and best-selling author, says a tailored approach is needed.
Soaring Specialty Drug Costs, TikTok-fueled Demand for GLP-1s Are Among Challenges Ahead for Health Plans | 2023 PBMI Annual National Conference
Case and care management can help health plans cope with seven-figure cell and gene therapies, according to panelists at the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute’s annual meeting.
Patrick Cooney of The Federal Group Addresses Bills That Would Regulate PBM Business Practices | 2023 PBMI Annual National Conference
Jonathan Ogurchak Talks Specialty Pharmacy Takeaways at PBMI Annual National Conference
Preterm infant mortality in the U.S. has dropped, but remains high for Black infants
The mortality rate has dropped for Black premature infants, but they are still 1.4 times more likely to die than White premature infants, according to findings reported in JAMA Pediatrics today.
Allow Telehealth Prescribing of Buprenorphine, But With a Catch, Argue Experts
A special registration process could strike the right balance between increasing access to the drug used to treat opioid use disorder while limiting diversion and possible misuse, say an MHE editorial advisory board member and two co-authors.
Medicare drug price negotiation has arrived. Now what?
Proponents hailed yesterday's announcement of the first 10 drugs subject to Medicare "maximum fair price" starting in 2026 as ushering in an era of lower drug prices and a political victory over pharma. Critics said it is price controls masquerading as negotiation and would smother innovation in one of the most innovative industries in the U.S.
CMS Releases List of Drugs for Medicare Price Negotiation
Topping the list is Eliquis, which accounted for $16.48 billion in spending for the 3.7 million people in Medicare Part D who take the blood thinner.
The Disease is Uncommon, the Symptom is Not — and Dupixent Seems To Help
Chronic prurigo is a chronic itchiness can set in motion an itching -scratching cycle that results in scarring. A case series at a hospital in Zurich, Switzerland, shows Dupixent (dupilumab) injections are an effective treatment.
It Flopped on Primary Endpoint, But Succeeded on Visual Acuity | ASRS 2023
AXNOO7, an investigational agent for geographic atrophy, did not affect geographic atrophy lesions but showed positive effects of tests of visual acuity. A novel, neuroprotective mechanism of action may be why.
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