Many Payers Will Parity Prefer Xtandi, Chemotherapy in mHSPC

In December, the FDA gave another indication to Pfizer Inc. and Astellas Pharma Inc.’s Xtandi (enzalutamide) for the treatment of men with metastatic castration-sensitive prostate cancer. Many commercial payers have indicated that they may parity prefer Xtandi with chemotherapy for this indication, which is also known as metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer (mHSPC), according to Zitter Insights research.

Drug Is Used in Other Prostate Cancers

The Dec. 16 approval, which had priority review, is Xtandi’s third in prostate cancer (RSP 1/20, p. 8). The FDA initially approved the drug in August 2012 for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (RSP 9/12, p. 9); approval for use in nonmetastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer came in July 2018 (RSP 7/18, p. 10).

Angela Maas

Angela has an extensive background of editing, reporting and writing for trade and consumer publications. She has written Radar on Specialty Pharmacy (formerly called Specialty Pharmacy News) since she joined AIS Health in 2005 and has broad knowledge of the various issues at play within the space. Before joining AIS Health, she was managing editor at Employee Benefit News and Employee Benefit News Canada and managing editor at HemAware (a hemophilia publication), Lupus Living and Momentum (a multiple sclerosis publication). She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in British literature from Arizona State University.

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