Do we still need to study palonosetron for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting? A cumulative meta-analysis

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  • © 2019 Introduction: The aim is to conduct an updated systematic review comparing palonosetron to other 5-HT3RAs for the prophylaxis of CINV, assess for publication biases, and determine whether further RCTs are required, that could potentially lead to a different meta-conclusion. Methods: Random-effects analysis model was used to generate odds ratio (OR), risk differences (RD) and accompanying 95% confidence intervals (CI). Funnel plots to assess for biases and cumulative meta-analyses to assess effect size over time were generated. Results: 4145 patients were randomized to palonosetron and 4911 received other 5-HT3RAs. In the majority of efficacy endpoints, the meta-conclusion has not changed over time - recent clinical trials simply narrow CIs the meta-conclusion. Safety profile boasts a stable conclusion over time. No publication biases exist. Conclusion: Considering the vast amount of resources needed to conduct RCTs, resources should be dedicated to other prophylactic treatments/settings which have not been as well explored.
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  • Chow R; Aapro M; Navari RM; Gralla R; Chiu N; Chiu L; Chan S; Popovic M; Lam H; Lock M
  • Start Page

  • 164
  • End Page

  • 186
  • Volume

  • 142