Industry News Archive

  • FDA Accepts for Priority Review Cemiplimab-rwlc for Advanced NSCLC

    On Thursday, October 29, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for priority review the supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for PD-1 inhibitor cemiplimab-rwlc (Libtayo®, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) to treat patients with first-line locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with ≥50% PD-L1 expression.

    The target action date for the FDA decision is February 28, 2021.

    Read press release

    Posted on 10/29/2020.



  • FDA Approves Expanded Indication of Pembrolizumab for R/R cHL

    On October 15, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an expanded label for Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) as a monotherapy for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory (R/R) classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL). Keytruda is the first anti-PD-1 therapy approved for adult patients with relapsed or refractory cHL after frontline therapy.

    Read Merck's press release and the FDA announcement.

    Posted 10/15/2020


  • Webcast for Lynparza PAOLA-1 Launch

    Join professionals from across the country for an expert discussion on Lynparza (olaparib, AstraZeneca), and Lynparza + bevacizumab as maintenance monotherapy or combination therapy in advanced ovarian cancer: results from key clinical trials.

    Important Notes

    • Members will be directed to a registration site which will give them the option to choose from all 6 webcasts

    • Members will be required to input their information to register for an event

    • Members can add the event to their calendar from the registration site or the registration confirmation email

    • Members will receive a reminder email 1 day and 30 minutes prior to the webcast

    Details and registration.



  • Ibrutinib for the Treatment of Adult Patients with CLL/SLL

    Ibrutinib (Imbruvica®, Pharmacyclics) is a once-daily oral therapy indicated for the treatment of adult patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)/small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL). Ibrutinib is also indicated for the treatment of adult patients with CLL/SLL with 17p deletion.


    Read efficacy study and prescribing information

    To help guide and assist patients during treatment, Pharmacyclics the YOU&iTM Support Program, which provides information on insurance coverage and out-of-pocket costs, and what to expect while on treatment.

    Posted on 10/07/2020



  • myBeiGene Patient Support for Zanubrutinib

    Zanubrutinib (Brukinsa™, BeiGene) is a kinase inhibitor indicated for the treatment of adult patients with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) who have received at least one prior therapy. This indication is approved under accelerated approval based on overall response rate. Continued approval for this indication may be contingent upon verification and description of clinical benefit in a confirmatory trial. For prescribing information click here, or here for the Dosing and Administration Guide. 

    To help guide and assist patients during treatment, Beigene has developed a customized and comprehensive support program. The myBeiGene Patient Support program is staffed with nurses who have prior experience working with oncology patients. Practices and their patients get a dedicated Oncology Nurse Advocate assigned to them, and comprehensive patient support, including connecting patients to helpful resources that can address their personal needs.

    Posted on 10/07/2020



  • Exelixis Access Services® EASE

    Exelixis Access Services® (EASE) provides a variety of support to help your patients get started on cabozantinib (Cabometyx®)as soon as possible. EASE can help meet the unique needs of your patients and practice at each step along the access journey. 

    Posted 10/02/2020



  • Cabozantinib Prescribing Information and Resources

    Exelixis has issued prescribing information for cabozantinib (Cabometyx®), which is indicated for the treatment of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who have been previously treated with sorafenib as well as a series of resources that you can utilize in your practice. 

    Access Prescribing Information and Resources.

    Posted 10/02/2020



  • FDA Approves Nivolumab + Ipilimumab Immunotherapy Treatment for Mesothelioma

    On October 2, 2020 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the combination of Opdivo® (nivolumab) and Yervoy® (ipilimumab) as a first-line treatment for adult patients with unresectable malignant pleural mesothelioma.

    Read the FDA Announcement.

    Read the Bristol Myers Squibb Announcement.

    Posted 10/5/2020 



  • FDA Approves Two Liquid Biopsy Companion Diagnostics for Osimertinib

    On August 7, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved FoundationOne® Liquid CDx and Guardant360® CDx as next generation sequencing based liquid biopsy companion diagnostics for osimertinib (Tagrisso®) for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors have epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) exon 19 deletions or exon 21 L858R mutations, as detected by an FDA-approved test; and for patients with metastatic EGFR T790M mutation-positive NSCLC, as detected by an FDA-approved test, whose disease has progressed on or after EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy.


    See full prescribing information.

    About FoundationOne® Liquid CDx.

    About Guardant360® CDx.

    Posted 9/24/2020





  • CMS Releases RO Model Final Rule

    On Friday, September 18, 2020 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule for the Radiation Oncology (RO) Model. The RO Model seeks to improve the quality of care for cancer patients receiving radiotherapy (RT) and move toward a simplified and predictable payment system. The RO Model tests whether bundled, prospective, site neutral, modality agnostic, episode-based payments to physician group practices, hospital outpatient departments, and freestanding radiation therapy centers for RT episodes of care reduces Medicare expenditures while preserving or enhancing the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries. The RO Model has a five-year Model performance period that begins on January 1, 2021 and runs through December 31, 2025.

    For additional information on the final rule and the model, please visit the radiation oncology website. The following resource documents about RO may also be helpful: Press ReleaseFact Sheet, and Final Rule. For questions regarding the RO Model, please reach out to the RO Model Helpdesk by phone: 1.844.711.2664, option 5; or email: RadiationTherapy@cms.hhs.gov.

    Posted 9/18/2020



  • Lilly Announces Thyroid Cancer Testing Program

    Lilly announces their Thyroid Cancer Testing Program designed to provide access to molecular testing for appropriate advanced or metastatic medullary thyroid cancer (“MTC”) patients 12 years of age and older who require systemic therapy; and advanced or metastatic non-medullary thyroid cancer (“non-MTC”) patients 12 years of age and older who are radioactive iodine-refractory (if radioactive iodine is appropriate).

    Appropriate patients are eligible for one molecular test at no cost for the purpose of determining whether the patient has any actionable genetic alterations that may inform therapeutic decisions, without regard to purchase of any prescribed drug or any other product.*

    No patient, healthcare program, payer, or beneficiary shall be billed for any test ordered pursuant to the Thyroid Cancer Testing Program.

    Posted 9/16/2020

    To request a test for your patient <and understand further requirements>, you may download the Thyroid Cancer Testing Program Test Request Form.

    The Thyroid Cancer Testing Program is NOT available to New York State patients and facilities as the aforementioned NGS tests have not been approved by the New York State Department of Health.

    Posted 9/16/2020



  • CMS Issues FY2021 IPPS and LTCH Final Rule

    On September 2, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) final rule, which includes important provisions designed to ensure access to potentially life-saving diagnostics and therapies for hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries. The changes will affect approximately 3,200 acute care hospitals and approximately 360 Long-Term Care Hospitals. CMS estimates that total Medicare spending on acute care inpatient hospital services will increase by about $3.5 billion in FY 2021, or 2.7 percent. 

    CMS’ rule creates a new Medicare Severity Diagnostic Related Group (MS-DRG) that provides a predictable payment to help adequately compensate hospitals for administering Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies.

    Also in the final rule, CMS approved a record number of 24 new technology add-on payments, which is an additional payment to hospitals for cases involving eligible new and relatively high cost technologies. This will provide additional Medicare payment for these technologies while real-world evidence is emerging, giving Medicare beneficiaries timely access to the latest innovations.

    Read the fact sheet and final rule from the Federal Register.

    Posted 9/2/2020



  • FDA Approves Azacitidine for AML Continued Treatment

    On September 1, 2020 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Onureg® (azacitidine) for the continued treatment of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who achieved first complete remission or complete remission with incomplete blood count recovery following intensive induction chemotherapy and are not able to complete intensive curative therapy.

    Read the Bristol Myers Squibb announcement.

    Read the FDA announcement.

    Posted 9/2/2020


  • CMS Releases CY 2021 OPPS and PFS Proposed Rules

    On August 4, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Reimbursement (CMS) issued the calendar year (CY) 2021 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Proposed Rule (CMS-1736-P). ACCC and council are reviewing these proposed rules and will be providing comments.

    Until this analysis is complete, read the proposed OPPS rule and the proposed PFS rule. Then register for ACCC’s August 14 webcast on The 2021 Proposed PFS and OPPS Rules: Practical Implications and Considerations to gain insight into how these proposed rules will affect your cancer program.


    Posted 8/6/2020



  • FDA Approves Tafasitamab-cxix + Lenalidomide for R/R DLBCL

    On July 31, 2020 MorphoSys and Incyte announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Monjuvi® (tafasitamab-cxix) in combination with lenalidomide for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory (R/R) diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) not otherwise specified, including DLBCL arising from low grade lymphoma, and who are not eligible for autologous stem cell transplant.

    Read corporate press release.

    Read FDA announcement.

    Posted 8/3/20



  • FDA Approves Keytruda for Patients with Unresectable or Metastatic MSI-H or dMMR CRC

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

    MSI-H/dMMR testing is required prior to initiating treatment with Keytruda in these patients. For the MSI-H/dMMR indication, select patients for treatment with Keytruda as a single agent based on MSI-H/dMMR status in tumor specimens. An FDA-approved test for the detection of MSI-H or dMMR is not currently available.

    Read prescribing information and medication guide

    Posted 7/17/2020



  • FDA Approves Pembrolizumab for Patients with Recurrent or Metastatic cSCC

    On June 24, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck & Co.) injection 100 mg for the treatment of patients with recurrent or metastatic cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) that is not curable by surgery or radiation. 

    Read FDA announcement and prescribing information

     

    Posted 7/14/2020



  • 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 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




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