Gregory J. Hughes PharmD, BCPS, CGP
Olga Hilas PharmD, MPH, BCPS, CGP, FASCP

In January 2014, the Daiichi Sankyo Company submitted a new drug application for the oral direct factor Xa inhibitor, edoxaban (Savaysa). Approval has been requested for the following indications: reduction in the risk of stroke and systemic embolic events in patients with nonvalvular AF; treatment of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism; and prevention of recurrent symptomatic VTE. Promising results from large clinical studies suggest that this new anticoagulant will likely be a competitor to other oral treatment options.

Kunj Gohil PharmD, RPh

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic, progressive ailment caused by neurodegeneration and a decreased concentration of dopamine in the brain, which ultimately leads to the brain’s inability to control body movements.1 The global prevalence in 2012 was approximately 2.18 million cases worldwide; this resulted in $3.56 billion in global market sales of therapies, including $1.15 billion in the U.S. market.

Stephen Barlas

The storm seeded by the pricing of Sovaldi has led payers, patients, and the federal government to seek cover from what some view as problematic pharmaceutical industry practices, including a few partly outside of the industry’s control.

Susan Worley

Lung cancer treatment has evolved in the past decade, leading to remarkable growth in the number and variety of therapeutic options. Clinicians and patients have witnessed a shift from a relatively small arsenal of mostly chemotherapeutic therapies to an expanding array of targeted treatments and treatment combinations. This change reflects, in part, a significant refinement in the molecular categorization of lung cancer and the increasingly successful exploitation of the molecular diversity of lung tumors.

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