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The Access Criteria for the oral antiviral COVID-19 treatments, nirmatrelvir with ritonavir (Paxlovid) and molnupiravir (Lagevrio) has been announced. These Access Criteria have been developed with the advice of clinical expert advisors. Supply of the oral treatments will be arriving throughout 2022 and the criteria have been designed to help support prescribers to target available...
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After New Year’s Honours for his work, he now fears could die without seeing a single new myeloma-fighting drug added to those funded by Pharmac, the government drug-buying agency he labels as “glacial”. Read more here: Honoured haematologist and HIV pioneer fears he won’t see action from ‘glacial’ Pharmac in his lifetime | Stuff.co.nz
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This link here: Te Aho o Te Kahu – Cancer during COVID-19 contains information for patients and whānau with cancer. Cancer treatment continues at all phases of the Ministry of Health’s Omicron Response Plan.
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In a radio interview today, Health Minister Andrew Little said the final Pharmac Review report will be publicised “in a matter of a few weeks.”The Pharmac Review panel was expected to hand over the final report to Minister Little by 28 February 2022 – he received it last week.Click below to listen to the interview on...
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Last Thursday 24 February the ICBCC Policy Strategy Working Group met to discuss on the Policy Strategy to address the specific impact of the pandemic on immunocompromised blood cancer patients (both acute and chronic) in a workshop-style setting. The meeting was facilitated by our partner Patvocates. During the 2 hour workshop the group managed to define...
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The primary analysis of the ICARIA-MM study showed significant improvement in progression-free survival with addition of isatuximab to pomalidomide–dexamethasone in relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma. Here, we report a prespecified updated overall survival analysis at 24 months after the primary analysis. Methods In this randomised, multicentre, open-label, phase 3 study adult patients (aged ≥18 years) with relapsed...
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Isatuximab continues to show promise as a standard of care therapy for patients with multiple myeloma refractory to lenalidomide and proteasome inhibitors, according to a two-year, follow-up analysis of the ICARIA-MM study However the CD38-directed monoclonal antibody may find it difficult to make its mark in the Australian setting any time soon. The study, published...
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Watch this excellent presentation by Dr Rob Weinkove of the Malaghan Institute, courtesy of Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ, on ‘COVID-19 and haematology patients – protecting yourself in 2022’.
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