Have We Found the Best Med for Nausea and Vomiting from Chemotherapy?

Dr. Sharon Orrange
Dr. Orrange is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Geriatric, Hospitalist and General Internal Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
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It’s a blessing to have effective meds to control nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy. Now we have an even better choice and this may be one of the best new meds of the year. Is it possible to transform the awful experience of chemo into one that’s better tolerated? Let’s hope.

Hot off the press is the approval of Akynzeo, a capsule for the prevention of nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy. Akynzeo is the first drug that is a combination of two meds that work differently: netupitant, an NK1 receptor antagonist, and palonosetron, a 5-HT3 receptor antagonist. Compared to palonosetron (Aloxi) alone, Akynzeo was significantly more effective and was generally well tolerated, and Aloxi has been the previous bad-ss in this category.

During the rollout of Akynzeo, which will likely be expensive, what are other options?

Dr O.

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