The treatment of both solid and hematological cancers is associated with a wide range of serious side effects, including chemotherapy-associated neutropenia and anemia, nausea and vomiting, and oral mucositis. In addition to some of these adverse events being life-threatening, they have a significant detrimental impact on patients’ quality of life and often require dose delays, dose reductions, or cessation of cancer treatment, thereby compromising outcomes. As a result, the optimal treatment of chemotherapy-related side effects using supportive care therapies is an integral part of good cancer patient care. Clinical factors play a critical role in supportive therapy choice, but payer restrictions also shape prescribing decisions. Emerging therapy and biosimilar pricing will have a significant impact on MCO coverage in commercial plans in the near future. A significantly lower price than the standard of care features prominently among the top most important attributes for development of new supportive care therapies, both according to surveyed payers and physicians.
- Supportive Care In Oncology - Access & Reimbursement - Detailed, Expanded Analysis (US)
Author(s): Natalia Reoutova, MSc, MA
Natalia Reoutova, M.A., M.Sc., is a senior business insights analyst in the oncology division at Decision Resources Group. Ms. Reoutova has worked on a range of oncology indications including prostate cancer and malignant melanoma. She has authored reports on non-small-cell lung cancer and colorectal cancer, and worked on publications covering both the major and emerging pharmaceutical markets.
Natalia Reoutova holds a M.A. in natural sciences (specializing in pharmacology) from the University of Cambridge and a M.Sc. in drug discovery from the University of London. Her postgraduate research focused on developing small-molecule inhibitors of oncogenic transcription factors. Prior to working at Decision Resources, she was responsible for planning and estimating the cost of clinical trials at Pharm-Olam International.