Kelly Davio

Risk of New IBD Rises for Patients Treated With Etanercept

January 01, 2020

While anti–tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) drugs are effective at treating a range of inflammatory diseases, some limited data suggest that they may, paradoxically, result in a higher risk of developing other de novo inflammatory conditions.

Meta-Analysis Finds No Increased Mortality for Patients Treated With Intravitreal Anti-VEGFs

December 30, 2019

Intravitreal injection with anti–vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) drugs has represented a major step forward for patients with retinal diseases, and the upcoming biosimilars market for these drugs—including aflibercept and ranibizumab, as well as off-label bevacizumab—is beginning to take shape. However, there have been some lingering concerns about the safety of these drugs, as increased mortality has been reported after anti-VEGF treatment in the general population.

Switching Back to Reference Infliximab From Biosimilar Appears Effective for Patients With IBD

December 27, 2019

At the United European Gastroenterology Week 2019, held in Barcelona, Spain, earlier this year, a research team from the Netherlands reported on the prevalence of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) switching back to the reference infliximab after a previous switch to biosimilar CT-P13, and found that switching back appeared to be effective in patients with IBD.

Time for Plans to Shoulder More Risk in Medicare Part D?

December 24, 2019

Among the features of the Part D structure is a federal reinsurance program in which, when a beneficiary reaches the catastrophic threshold in a given year, the government subsidizes 80% of remaining spending for the year. Part D plans pay 15%, and patients pay 5% in this scenario.