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  • USPSTF Draft Recommendation Expands Those Eligible for LDCT Lung Cancer Screening

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a draft recommendation on July 7 that could nearly double the population of those eligible for annual lung cancer screening with low-dose CT. The proposed changes revise the USPSTF high-risk category to include:

    • adults ages 50 to 80 years

    • who have a 20 pack-year smoking history, and

    • currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.
    The Task Force issued the recommendation with a "B" grade.

    When finalized, this recommendation will replace the 2014 USPSTF recommendation on annual screening for lung cancer with LDCT in adults ages 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.

    The updated recommendation is open for public comment until 8:00 PM on August 3, 2020.

    The USPSTF is an independent, non-federal, volunteer group of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. The Task Force works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services, such as screenings, counseling services, and preventive medicines. The recommendations apply to people with no signs or symptoms of the disease being discussed.

    Posted 7/7/2020


  • FDA Approves Decitabine + Cedazuridine Oral Combo for Adult MDS

    On July 7, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an oral combination of decitabine and cedazuridine (Inqovi, Astex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) for adult patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) including the following:

    • previously treated and untreated, de novo and secondary MDS with the following French-American-British subtypes (refractory anemia, refractory anemia with ringed sideroblasts, refractory anemia with excess blasts, and chronic myelomonocytic leukemia [CMML]) and
    • intermediate-1, intermediate-2, and high-risk International Prognostic Scoring System groups.
    Read the FDA announcement.

    Posted 7/7/2020


  • Enhertu Receives Permanent J-Code

    Effective July 1, 2020, ENHERTU® (fam-trastuzumab deruxtecan-nxki) has a permanent j-code: J9358. ENHERTU is a HER2-directed antibody and topoisomerase inhibitor conjugate indicated for the treatment of adult patients with unresectable or metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer who have received two or more prior anti-HER2–based regimens in the metastatic setting.

    For full prescribing information, click here

    Posted 7/7/20



  • Update: COVID-19 Emergency Food Assistance Grant Amount Change

    Due to increasing demand for the program’s financial assistance, the individual grant award amount has been changed to $300 effective immediately. This adjustment will allow thousands of additional patients to receive meaningful financial support for nutritional needs while maximizing the reach of available funding as the number of people impacting by COVID 19 continues to accelerate.

    To date, the COVID-19 Emergency Food Assistance Program has helped more than 13,000 patients, including 1,000 emergency food deliveries made and over 12,000 financial assistance grants being provided to patients in all 50 states.  

    This innovative program is a collaboration between Team Rubicon (TR) and Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) and provides emergency food delivery and financial assistance to people living with cancer, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

    Who is Eligible?

    Patients with cancer, multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis who have trouble accessing or affording food or other nutritional needs due to COVID-19, with eligibility established at the point of application in most cases.

    For more information, including application instructions, click here.  

    Posted 7/2/2020



  • FDA Approves Avelumab for Maintenance Treatment in Advanced Urothelial Carcinoma

    On June 30, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved avelumab (Bavencio, EMD Serono, Inc.) for maintenance treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma (UC) that has not progressed with first-line platinum-containing chemotherapy.

    Read FDA announcement.

    Posted 7/1/2020



  • FDA Approves Pembrolizumab for First-line Treatment of Metastatic MSI-H or dMMR CRC

    On June 29, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck & Co.) for the first-line treatment of patients with unresectable or metastatic microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) or mismatch repair deficient (dMMR) colorectal cancer.

    Read FDA announcement.

    Posted 6/30/2020



  • FDA Approves New Fixed-Dose Combination for HER2+ Breast Cancer

    On June 29, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new fixed-dose combination of pertuzumab, trastuzumab, and hyaluronidase–zzxf (Phesgo, Genentech, Inc.) for subcutaneous injection for the following indications: 

    • Use in combination with chemotherapy as: 
      • neoadjuvant treatment of patients with HER2-positive, locally advanced, inflammatory, or early stage breast cancer (either greater than 2 cm in diameter or node positive) as part of a complete treatment regimen for early breast cancer;
      • adjuvant treatment of patients with HER2-positive early breast cancer at high risk of recurrence.
    • Use in combination with docetaxel for treatment of patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer (MBC) who have not received prior anti-HER2 therapy or chemotherapy for metastatic disease.
    Read the FDA announcement

    Posted 6/29/2020




  • myBeiGene™ Patient Support

    The myBeiGene patient support offers a customized and comprehensive support program designed to help guide and assist patients during treatment.

    For more information or to enroll, click here

    Posted 06/26/20



  • Live Discussion: CD38-Directed Antibody for the Treatment of RRMM

    CD38-Directed Antibody for the Treatment of Appropriate Relapsed Refractory Multiple Myeloma Patients
     
    Thursday, June 25
    5:00 PM PT

    Participants of this live discussion will be able to:

    • Learn about the indication, mechanism of action, and important safety information for Sarclisa (isatuximab-irfc)

    • Gain in-depth knowledge on clinical data in adult patients with relapsed refractory multiple myeloma

    • Understand the dosage and administration of Sarclisa.

    • Learn about support available for eligible patients treated with Sarclisa. 

    For registration information or to learn more, click here

    Posted 6/25/2020



  • Astellas and Seattle Genetics Issue Product-Specific J-code for PADCEV

    Astellas and Seattle Genetics are pleased to announce the assignment of a product-specific, permanent J-code for PADCEV. CMS released the July 2020 Quarterly Healthcare Common Procedural Coding System File, which includes the designation of J9177 for PADCEV with the effective date of July 1, 2020. 

    Read corporate announcement.

    Posted 6/25/20



  • FDA Approves Pembrolizumab for Recurrent or Metastatic cSCC

    On June 24, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck & Co., Inc.) for patients with recurrent or metastatic cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) that is not curable by surgery or radiation.

    Read the FDA announcement.

    Posted 6/24/2020



  • CMS Releases Preliminary Data on Impact of COVID-19 on Medicare Population

    On June 23, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a preliminary snapshot of the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the Medicare population, based on Medicare claims data.

    The data released today includes the total number of reported COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations among Medicare beneficiaries between January 1 and May 16, 2020. The snapshot breaks down COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations for Medicare beneficiaries by state, race/ethnicity, age, gender, dual eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid, and urban/rural locations.

    CMS data shows that more than 325,000 Medicare beneficiaries received a diagnosis of COVID-19 between January 1 and May 16, 2020. During this same time period, nearly 110,000 Medicare beneficiaries were hospitalized for COVID-19-related treatment. According to the CMS snapshot released today, Black Medicare beneficiaries were hospitalized with COVID-19 at a rate nearly four times higher than whites.

    CMS data shows that:

    • End-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients had the highest rate of hospitalization among all Medicare beneficiaries, with 1,341 hospitalizations per 100,000 beneficiaries.
    • The second highest rate was among beneficiaries enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid (also known as “dual eligible”), with 473 hospitalizations per 100,000 beneficiaries.
    • Among racial/ethnic groups, Blacks had the highest hospitalization rate, with 465 per 100,000. Hispanics had 258 hospitalizations per 100,000. Asians had 187 per 100,000 and whites had 123 per 100,000.
    • Beneficiaries living in rural areas have fewer cases and lower rates of hospitalization than Medicare beneficiaries living in urban/suburban areas (57 versus 205 hospitalizations per 100,000).
    Access CMS' Preliminary Medicare COVID-19 Data Snapshot and additional information here

    Posted 6/23/2020


  • CMS Announces New Office of Burden Reduction and Health Informatics

    On June 23, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced creation of the Office of Burden Reduction and Health Informatics. The new office is intended to consolidate CMS' efforts to reduce regulatory and administrative burden, according to the agency's announcement. The unveiling of the new office, "permanently embeds a culture of burden reduction" across all platforms of CMS operations, the agency said.

    Read the CMS announcement.

    Posted 6/23/2020


  • ELITEK Pivotal Trial Overview

    ELITEK (Sanofi-Genzyme) is indicated for the initial management of plasma uric acid levels in patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and solid tumor malignancies who are receiving anticancer therapy expected to result in tumor lysis and subsequent elevation of plasma uric acid. ELITEK is indicated only for a single course of treatment.

    Read pivotal trial overview.

    Posted 6/22/2020



  • FDA Approves Cyramza for First-Line Treatment of Metastatic EGFR-Mutated NSCLC

    On May 29, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved ramucirumab injection, 10 mg/mL solution (Cyramza®, Eli Lilly and Company) in combination with erlotinib, for the first-line treatment of people with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) exon 19 deletions or exon 21 (L858R) mutations. With this approval, cyramza has now received six FDA approvals to treat certain types of lung, liver, stomach and colorectal cancers.

    Read the press release

    Posted 6/22/2020




  • Taiho Oncology Patient Support Program

    Taiho Oncology Patient Support offers personalized services to give patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals the help they need in getting started with Taiho Oncology Products. This includes insurance verification, help with medication costs, and treatment plan support.

    Learn more

    Posted 6/22/2020



  • Lonsurf Efficacy Flashcard

    Lonsurf®  (FTD/TPI, Taiho Oncology) is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) previously treated with fluoropyrimidine-, oxaliplatin- and irinotecan-based chemotherapy, an anti-VEGF biological therapy, and if RAS wild-type, an anti-EGFR therapy.


    Read efficacy and safety information

    Posted 6/22/2020



  • Sanofi Introduces the Libtayo Surround Online Portal

    Healthcare providers can now help patients enroll in LIBTAYO Surround online portal.

    Click here for more information.

    Posted 6/22/2020



  • FDA Approves Tabrecta for Metastatic NSCLC with METex14

    On May 6, 2020, Novartis announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved TabrectaTM (capmatinib, formerly INC280), an oral MET inhibitor for adult patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors have a mutation that leads to MET exon 14 skipping (METex14) as detected by an FDA-approved test. This indication is approved under accelerated approval based on overall response rate and duration of response. Continued approval for this indication may be contingent upon verification and description of clinical benefit in confirmatory trial(s).

    Read corporate press release

    Posted 6/22/2020



  • Pfizer Oncology Personalized Support

    At Pfizer Oncology Together, patient support is at the core of everything they do. From helping to identify financial assistance options to connecting patients to resources for emotional support, the needs of patients prescribed Pfizer Oncology medications are a top priority.

    Pfizer Oncology Field Reimbursement Managers (FRMs) can help address challenging or urgent Pfizer Oncology patient access cases. Click here for the FRM contact in Wisconsin.
     
    Posted 6/22/2020