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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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:
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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Healthcare providers can now help patients enroll in LIBTAYO Surround online portal.
Click here for more information.
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).
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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.