Friday, March 30, 2018 03:00 AM

A LIGHT BREAKFAST MIGHT CUT COST OF PRICEY PROSTATE CANCER DRUG

WEDNESDAY, March 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Here's one way to cut the cost of a $10,000-a-month prostate cancer[1] drug: Take it with food, some researchers suggest.

Investigators said they found that taking Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) with a low-fat breakfast boosts its efficiency. That could make it more convenient and significantly cheaper, the new study suggested.

Zytiga is the standard medicine for prostate cancer[2] that has spread and has progressed despite hormonal therapy. Patients are told to take four 250-milligram pills first thing in the morning, then wait an hour before eating breakfast.

But the small study found that taking one-fourth of the recommended dose with a low-fat breakfast -- for example, cereal with skim milk -- was just as effective. In addition, it enabled patients to cut drug costs by 75 percent.

"The patient gets a simplified schedule, slightly more control over his daily life, the convenience of eating whenever he chooses and the opportunity to share the cost-savings with his insurance company," said study lead author Dr. Russell Szmulewitz.

"Taking this medicine while fasting is wasteful," added Szmulewitz, ...

News source: MedicineNet

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