Navigation Links
Sermo Report Indicates Possible Decline in Prescribing of Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents
Date:10/21/2010

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Sermo (http://www.sermo.com), the largest online community for physicians, today announced a free Sermo Report titled, "Physician Participation in the ESA REMS Program." The report covers physician perceptions and participation rates in the FDA-required Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents (ESAs) risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) program.

According to the results, 83% of Hematologists/Oncologists view the ESA REMS program as a barrier to utilization of associated drugs. As one HemOnc noted, "The purpose of REMS is to reduce patient access to ESAs, or more accurately to reduce their demand by scaring them away, and also by limiting the supply of physicians who are willing to put up with the work for little return."

This free Sermo Report polled 60 physicians who also participated in an online discussion regarding treatment strategies for renal associated anemia.

Highlights from the report include:

  • Physicians are not aware of how to participate in the REMS program. If they have participated, it was most likely required by their place of employment. "Gov't said I had to," said a HemOnc respondent. "Nice way to pass the buck of blame to doctors."
  • REMS programs are perceived by physicians as more work, and reduced access for the patient. According to a HemOnc respondent, "REMS programs simply transform pharma liability risk into more work for physicians… I would rather not even prescribe a drug than generate more busywork for me or my staff. So this reduced prescribing of a REMS drug translates into reduced access for the patient."

The full reports includes:

  • Key Findings
  • Physician Demographics
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis

Physicians are required to complete the ESA REMS program by March 2011 to be eligible to prescribe these products. The goals of the REMS for ESAs are:

  • To support informed decisions between patients, their physicians, and other healthcare professionals by educating them on the risks of ESAs.
  • To mitigate the risk of decreased survival and/or poorer tumor outcomes in patients with cancer by implementing the part of the REMS called the ESA APPRISE Oncology Program.

Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents include products from Amgen and Centocor Ortho Biotech Products, L.P.

To download report results, visit sermo.com/client.

About Sermo Reports

Sermo Reports solicit perceptions and opinions from physicians about new drugs, devices, treatments, and trends. Data for Sermo Reports is gathered through Sermo Posts, which allow physicians to participate in a poll and comment on the topic.  All physicians on Sermo are verified and credentialed.

About Sermo

Sermo is the largest online physician community, where over 115,000 practicing physicians discuss a wide range of issues from clinical cases to advice about drugs and practice management. By leveraging Sermo's social media platform, clients can tap into unsolicited, peer-to-peer dialog and engage MDs to gain market intelligence and increase brand awareness. For information, visit www.sermo.com/clients.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Sermo
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related biology technology :

1. Sermo Announces New Client Center with Advanced Mining and Monitoring of Organic Physician Dialog
2. All-New Sermo Brings Major Enhancements to Nations Largest Online Physician Community
3. Sigma-Aldrich (Nasdaq: SIAL) Reports Q3 2010 Diluted EPS of $0.76. Diluted EPS Increased by 9% and 19% on a Reported and Adjusted Basis, Respectively. Q3 Sales Performance Remains Strong; Full Year 2010 Diluted Adjusted EPS Outlook Raised to $3.20 -
4. China Cord Blood Corporation Files Its Annual Report on Form 20-F/A
5. Reportlinker Adds Triple Analysis: Lymphoma, Cancer Vaccines and Antibodies
6. Reportlinker Adds BioMEMS 2010
7. Reportlinker Adds Downstream Processing in Biopharmaceuticals - Increased Demand for Biologics Drives Improvement in Cost -effective Purification Technologies
8. Reportlinker Adds Breast Cancer Drug Futures
9. Reportlinker Adds Industrial Biotechnology China News 1009
10. In-demand Contemporary Research Reports on Biotechnology Markets Available at MCGroup.co.uk
11. Reportlinker Adds Global Automated And Rapid Microbiological Tests Industry
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/10/2017)... Oct. 10, 2017 SomaGenics announced the receipt ... to develop RealSeq®-SC (Single Cell), expected to be the ... RNAs (including microRNAs) from single cells using NGS methods. ... need to accelerate development of approaches to analyze the ... "New techniques for measuring levels of mRNAs in ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... October 10, 2017 , ... The ... prestigious awards honoring scientists who have made outstanding contributions to analytical ... during Pittcon 2018, the world’s leading conference and exposition for laboratory science, which ...
(Date:10/9/2017)... ... October 09, 2017 , ... The award-winning American Farmer television ... quarter 2018. American Farmer airs Tuesdays at 8:30aET on RFD-TV. , With global ... the challenge of how to continue to feed a growing nation. At the same ...
(Date:10/9/2017)... , ... October 09, 2017 , ... ... four-tiered line of medical marijuana products targeting the needs of consumers who are ... of Kindred takes place in Phoenix, Arizona. , As operators of two successful ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:6/14/2017)... 15, 2017  IBM (NYSE: IBM ) is introducing several ... dedicated to developing collaboration between startups and global businesses, taking ... During the event, nine startups will showcase the solutions they ... industries. France is ... with a 30 percent increase in the number of startups ...
(Date:5/6/2017)... , May 5, 2017 RAM ... announced a new breakthrough in biometric authentication based ... quantum mechanical properties to perform biometric authentication. These new ... semiconductor material created by Ram Group and its ... entertainment, transportation, supply chains and security. Ram Group ...
(Date:4/17/2017)... Florida , April 17, 2017 NXT-ID, ... technology company, announces the filing of its 2016 Annual Report on ... and Exchange Commission. ... on Form 10-K is available in the Investor Relations section of ... as on the SEC,s website at http://www.sec.gov . ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):