Review of ICER Report on Treatment Options for Multiple Myeloma

Who is ICER? ICER is the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review.  As far as I can tell, it is funded primarily by insurance companies and by nonprofit organizations who, in turn, are funded by insurance companies.  They claim some funding by the federal government as well.  Other members include pharmaceutical companies who apparently participate in order to have some voice in ICER's proceedings.  A quick Google search shows that the title of many of ICER's documents is "Building Trust through Rationing," which I believe is their mantra and suggests that rationing health care is their real purpose. ICER deals in statistics, not medicine, and a primary goal is to control costs.  I assume that this is why they don't want participation by patients.  They have been working on a report for multiple myeloma, and we myelomiacs have been concerned that they would produce a one-size-fits-all treatment algorithm that doctors might be expected to follow and insurers might try to enforce. Garbage In, Garbage Out ICER issued their final report on Myeloma on June 9, 2016, attempting to grade different myeloma treatments to provide comparative medical and cost values.  In my opinion this report is ridiculous on its face, saved only by one of its final recommendations.  ICER claims to have found over a thousand potentially relevant literature references to myeloma treatment, considered 38 worth reading, and exactly six Phase III studi...
Source: Myeloma Hope - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: ICER myeloma report Source Type: blogs

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Source: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Source Type: research
Condition:   Multiple Myeloma Intervention:   Biological: GC012F injection Sponsors:   Shanghai Changzheng Hospital;   Gracell Biotechnology Ltd. Recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
ConclusionTh17 cells contribute to the stratification of different treatment stages of MM patients. The level of Th17 cells in patients with newly diagnosed MM is associated with the treatment outcome of complete remission.
Source: Clinical Lymphoma Myeloma and Leukemia - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
This article summarizes our up-to-date knowledge on the pathophysiologic role of XPO-1 in MM. Furthermore, it reviews the most recent clinical data on selinexor in combination with dexamethasone and other anti-MM agents; and discusses its safety profile, management strategies; and potential future developments.Expert opinion: Selinexor represents a next-generation-novel agent with an innovative mechanism of action that marks a significant advance in the treatment of heavily pretreated MM patients. Ongoing studies investigate its therapeutic potential also in earlier lines of therapy. Additional data is needed to confirm th...
Source: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Expert Opin Pharmacother Source Type: research
to Use of proteasome inhibitors (PIs) has been the therapeutic backbone of myeloma treatment over the past decade. Many PIs are being developed and evaluated in the preclinical and clinical setting. The first-in-class PI, bortezomib, was approved by the US food and drug administration in 2003. Carfilzomib is a next-generation PI, which selectively and irreversibly inhibits proteasome enzymatic activities in a dose-dependent manner. Ixazomib was the first oral PI to be developed and has a robust efficacy and favorable safety profile in patients with multiple myeloma. These PIs, together with other agents, including alky...
Source: Cancers - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Review Source Type: research
Conclusions: We identified low sXBP1 levels and TP53 abnormalities as factors correlating with bortezomib resistance in MM. Therefore, determination of sXBP1 levels and TP53 status prior to BTZ treatment in MM may be beneficial to predict BTZ resistance.
Source: Frontiers in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
The agency granted the immunoconjugate targeting B-cell maturation antigen priority review to belantamab mafodotin for the treatment of heavily pre-treated patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma.
Source: CancerNetwork - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: news
This study is the first to divide patients into three patterns, namely, A, B, and C, according to the M- protein reduction rate during the first two therapy cycles. The results showed that pattern B patients with progressive reduction in M-protein had better progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) than did pattern A or C patients with precipitating or slow M-protein reduction (75.33  ± 18.81 versus 41.23 ± 9.13 or 26.60 ± 6.67 months;P 
Source: Annals of Hematology - Category: Hematology Source Type: research
Cancer Gene Therapy, Published online: 21 January 2020; doi:10.1038/s41417-020-0162-2Prognostic role of minichromosome maintenance family in multiple myeloma
Source: Cancer Gene Therapy - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
In this study, we demonstrate that both the APC and the antigen loading method (peptide pulsing versus full-length mRNA transfection) to analyze T-cell functional avidity have a significant impact on the EC50 values of a given TCR. For rapid assessment of the functional avidity of a cloned TCR towards its endogenously processed MHC I-restricted epitope, we showcase that the TAA mRNA-transfected U266 cell line is a suitable and versatile model APC.
Source: Cancers - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
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