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Date:1/20/2010

re weak inhibitors of the liver enzyme CYP2D6.  The weak inhibitors of the enzyme include Celexa® (citalopram), Lexapro® (escitalopram), and Luvox® (fluvoxamine).
  • Evidence indicates that physicians have adjusted prescribing habits after the FDA published alerts and inserted boxed warnings into product labels for Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents (ESAs) in 2007.  This resulted in a reduction in the spend for these agents.  Additional studies are planned to determine if this decrease led to any change in ER visits or hospitalizations for this group of patients.
  • Assessment of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia should include testing for the BCR-ABL gene and its product.  Physicians are not conducting necessary follow-up gene testing for Gleevec patients to determine whether the treatment is working.  Only 14 percent of patients had the BCR-ABL gene measured for consecutive quarters.  Only 60 percent had evidence of having one gene test performed at any period over 1.5 years.

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