FDA Approves Risk Management Plan for ESAs

Cancer patients will learn more from their doctors about the possible risks and benefits of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) to manage anemia during chemotherapy under a new program just approved by the FDA. ESAs can be given to chemotherapy patients to reduce the need for blood transfusions.  However, there can be problems with ESAs including causing some…  Read More

Amgen Changes Pricing Policy for Aranesp

As of October 1, 2008 Amgen will no longer offer rebates to oncologists and oncology clinics who purchase Aranesp® (darbepoetin alfa) although they will provide larger discounts at the time of purchase. They also will no longer base discounts for Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim) and Neupogen© (filgrastim) on purchases of Aranesp, a process known as bundling.  Neulasta and…  Read More