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May 2014 - Volume 20 Issue 5

Adherence Patterns for Abiraterone Acetate and Concomitant Prednisone Use in Patients with Prostate Cancer
BACKGROUND: With the growing use of oral anticancer medications, understanding adherence patterns has become increasingly important. Abiraterone acetate (AA) is a prodrug of abiraterone, a novel androgen biosynthesis inhibitor. AA is approved for use in combination with prednisone for treatment of patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate AA and concomitant prednisone utilization and adherence patterns for patients with prostate cancer in the United States. METHODS: This study used data from 2 administrative health care claims databases—Dataset 1: Truven Health Analytics MarketScan (December 2010 to August 2012) and Dataset 2: Symphony Health Solutions’ ProMetis Lx (June 2009 to March 2013). To evaluate the consistency of medication-taking behavior, adherence was measured using medication possession ratio (MPR), which was calculated as the sum of days of supply divided by the days on therapy in patients with at least 2 AA prescriptions. Additional outcomes included the proportion of patients taking prednisone, mean and m... READ THE FULL ARTICLE »
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