Medication is indicated for the treatment of seven inflammatory diseases
It is the first biologic that targets interleukin-12 and interleukin-23 cytokines active in the disease
The potential blockbuster was granted breakthrough therapy status in 2014
Drug previously approved for cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes and active systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis
Studies also will address HIV prevention among at-risk groups
Another facet of national opioid epidemic?
Treatment improves progression-free survival versus standard chemotherapy
Scientists demystify popular MS drug
Subcutaneous nanoparticles may help control autoimmune disorders

P&T September 2016
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Escalating drug prices have seeded interest in value-based purchasing, but confusion and controversy have slowed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, state agencies, and private insurers from pursuing the potential savings.
As researchers devise ever-more-costly therapies and P&T committees try to balance innovation and affordability, managed care experts warn that the struggle to pay the bills could threaten the sustainability of the nation’s inefficient health care system.
Health Care & Law
Telehealth is becoming mainstream in the U.S., as more consumers, employers, hospital systems, and even insurers adopt the technology. The authors explore the challenges of regulation, reimbursement, and licensing as the modality evolves.
Meeting Highlights
We present sessions on the latest trials and treatments for colorectal cancer from the ESMO World Congress and report on new developments in diagnostics and therapy presented at the European Post-Chicago Melanoma/Skin Cancer Meeting.


Medication Errors
Improve staff training with vendor partnerships
Prescription: Washington
Congress set to tackle biosimilar naming debate
New Drugs/Drug News
Approvals, new indications, regulatory activities, and more
Cabozantinib (Cabometyx) for advanced renal cell carcinoma; glycopyrrolate/formoterol fumarate (Bevespi Aerosphere) for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; and ephedrine sulfate (Akovaz) for hypotension during anesthesia
Drug Forecast
Aripiprazole lauroxil (Aristada) for the treatment of schizophrenia