The price — and the politics — of drug therapy for advanced prostate cancer

According to a story on the MarketWatch web site yesterday, two not-for-profit organizations have been seeking hearings on revocation of patents held by Medivation on the drug enzalutamide (Xtandi). … READ MORE …

Guessing the future price of the next major breakthrough in prostate cancer treatment

In an article published on Monday September 28, in Pharmaceutical Executive (a well-known biopharmaceutical industry trade journal) a senior health care public relations executive recently laid out a detailed rationale for why the industry needs to do a better job … READ MORE …

Can a new logistical approach radically change surgical options for patients?

One of the things we have been asked multiple times over the years is “What does it cost to have” a radical prostatectomy, or a penile implant, or some other prostate cancer-related procedure. Usually, we have had some idea, but it can be near to impossible to get precise, total costs for such procedures — even from your local hospital. … READ MORE …

The cost of drugs for the treatment of cancer — in the pressure cooker

According to an announcement this morning from The Mayo Clinic, a group of 118 leading cancer experts has drafted proposals for reducing the high cost of cancer drugs and voiced support for a patient-based grassroots movement demanding action on the issue. … READ MORE …

“The punishing cost of cancer care”

A post with the above title by Dr. Mikkael Sekeres of the Cleveland Clinic appeared yesterday on the “Well” blog of The New York Times web site. The patient referred to probably doesn’t have prostate cancer … but the tale is one that too many prostate cancer patients may now have to face.

Access to, cost of, and value of high-price prostate (and other) cancer drugs

As all our regular readers will be well aware, it is not enough, in the UK, for a new cancer drug to be approved for use by the European Union and its European Medicines Agency. … READ MORE …

The increasing high costs of drugs for cancer therapy

The news junkies among our readers probably already know this, but …. READ MORE …