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New Study Finds That 10% of Cancer Patients Abandoned Oral Anti-Cancer Drugs
Date:5/18/2011

cess to the most clinically appropriate care for their condition," said Schwartzberg. "We should not be creating obstacles to care for those who need it the most."

The authors used a nationally representative pharmacy claims database and identified 10,508 patients with Medicare and commercial insurance for whom oral anti-cancer therapy was initiated between 2007 and 2009. They calculated the abandonment rate for the initial claim, in which abandonment was defined as reversal of an adjudicated pharmacy claim without a subsequent paid claim for any oncolytic (oral or intravenous) within the ensuing 90 days. The authors used bivariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses including patient demographics, plan type, drug type, cost-sharing and concurrent prescription activity.

In addition to Johnsrud and Schwartzberg, the study was authored by Sonya Blesser Streeter, MPP, MPH and Nadia Husain, ScM of Avalere. It was funded by the Community Oncology Alliance, in partnership with Celgene Corporation, Genentech, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer, Inc.

Avalere Health is an advisory services company whose core purpose is to create innovative solutions to complex healthcare problems. Based in Washington DC, the firm delivers research, analysis, insight, and strategy for leaders in healthcare business and policy. Avalere's experts span 140 staff drawn from the federal government (e.g., CMS, OMB, CBO, and the Congress), Fortune 500 healthcare companies, top consultancies, and nonprofits. The firm offers deep substance in areas ranging from healthcare coverage and financing to the changing role of evidence in healthcare decision-making. Its focus on strategy is supported by a rigorous, in-house analytic research group that uses public and private data to generate quantitative insight. Through events, publications, and interactive programs, Avalere also translates real-time healthcare developments into actionable inf
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