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Frost & Sullivan: Female Cancer Patients More Willing to Use Implantable Infusion Pumps Than Males
Date:4/22/2009

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The latest end-user study from Frost & Sullivan's Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology group assesses a variety of critical dynamics of drug delivery approaches and technologies in cancer treatment. Physicians, nurses and patients provided insight on factors such as perception, usage, reconstitution, home vs. office administration parameters, and barriers of leading drug delivery types, providing insight and feedback to cancer treatment developers.

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Selected findings from the survey include the following:

  • Nearly half of cancer patients surveyed wanted home infusion to last less than 1 hour.
  • Infusion nurses expected greater change in prescribing trends for cancer drug treatment over the next 12-24 months than oncologists.
  • Cancer patients were highly satisfied with implantable fusion pumps and oral delivery. While 75 percent of patients conduct drug delivery by themselves or a family member, oncologists and infusion nurses prefer this process be conducted by a trained healthcare worker or caregiver.
  • Oncologists and infusion nurses prefer oral as the leading type for new drug development, although other types were highly valued such as implants, transdermal patches, and implantable infusion pumps

Through more than 240 detailed interviews with medical oncologists, infusion nurses and cancer patients (breast, colorectal, lung, prostate) in the U.S., research analysts identified key insights into drug treatment, utilization, and potential future approaches to drug delivery in oncology.

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