Amgen: Vectibix improves progression-free survival for cancer patients
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. An investigative biotech drug administered together with chemotherapy helped extend the lives of cancer patients without their disease getting worse, also known as progression-free survival, according to results of two clinical trials announced this week by Amgen.
According to Amgen, the “PRIME 203” and “PRIME 181” trials showed that the drug Vectibix (panitumumab) significantly improved progression-free survival of patients with a form of advanced colorectal cancer when combined with the FOLFOX or FOLFIRI chemotherapy regimen, compared with the chemotherapy regimens alone. Results of the study were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
The “PRIME 203” trial involved 1,183 patients who received Vectibix with FOLFOX or FOLFOX alone, while the 1,186-patient “PRIME 181” trial was designed in a similar way, but with the FOLFIRI chemotherapy regimen.
Rx plan from Walmart, Humana arrives
BENTONVILLE, Ark. Shortly after Walmart and Humana announced that they would offer a Medicare Part D prescription drug program to customers, signage in Walmart stores popped up.
Co-branded as the Humana Walmart-Preferred Rx Plan, the program involves a $14.80 monthly premium that is less than half the weighted 2010 national average, generic drug co-payments as low as $2 at Walmart pharmacies and no co-payments for select generics filled via Humana’s RightSource home-delivery service. Humana and Walmart said the program has the potential to save Medicare Part D enrollees as much as $450 annually.
Hartz keeps dogs, owners happy with new biscuits
SECAUCUS, N.J. Hartz is looking to keep tails wagging with a new addition to its Crunch ‘n Clean line of dog biscuits.
New Hartz Crunch ‘n Clean Savory Flavors dog biscuits are available in three salivating flavors — braised beef, rotisserie chicken and smokehouse bacon — and contain breath-freshening crystals and DentaShield technology to prevent tartar buildup. The biscuits also include such important vitamins and minerals as iron, choline, zinc, vitamins B12 and D3, riboflavin, thiamin and niacin to promote overall health.
Hartz Crunch ‘n Clean Savory Flavors dog biscuits come in a 26-oz. package for a suggested retail price of $3.49, and are available at such retailers as Walmart, Target and Kroger.