July 1, 2011

Situation Still Evolving

1 Medicare Pays for Avastin for Breast Cancer

Medicare is going to continue paying for the breast cancer drug Avastin after an FDA panel recommended that the drug not be sold as a breast cancer treatment. Don McLeod, a spokesman for Medicare, told WebMD that the label change won't affect coverage. McLeod noted that Medicare frequently covers off-label (not approved by the FDA) uses of drugs. While Medicare will continue covering Avastin for breast cancer patients, McLeod noted that no coverage decision has been made. He said that the situation is still evolving and Medicare will continue to "evaluate and consider ... options." Avastin, which costs around $88,000 per year, is manufactured by California-based Genentech.

More at WebMD | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: FDA: Avastin Shouldn't Be Used for Breast Cancer

Tags: Avastin for Breast Cancer, Medicare Keep Paying Avastin, FDA Withdraws Avastin, Avastin Treatment for Breast Cancer, Don McLeod, Label Change Avastin, Genentech

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Drug Delivery’s Delivery System

2 RBC Membranes Help Nanoparticles Fight Cancer

Researchers have developed a creative way of getting nanoparticles containing cancer-fighting drugs to tumors by placing them in membranes from red blood cells. RBCs live for 180 days, so this method would potentially allow the drug to circulate throughout the body for a longer period of time. Nanoparticles are coated with polyethylene glycol to avoid being attacked by the immune system and it has been established that they successfully deliver chemotherapy drugs. They have also been improved upon and one injection allows a drug to stay in the body for hours. Animal studies showed that this method allowed for the drugs to circulate for two days. The fact that a patient’s own rbcs would be used is reflective of a new trend in medicine of tailoring therapy toward the individual.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Animals Studies Suggest Nanodiamonds Fight Cancer

Tags: Cancer Drugs, Nanoparticles, RBCs, RBC Membranes Deliver Nanoparticles with Cancer Drugs, RBC Membranes, Drug Delivery System

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