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  • FDA Approves Trastuzumab-qyyp as Biosimilar to Herceptin

    On March 11, Pfizer Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved trastuzumab-qyyp (Trazimera), a biosimilar to Herceptin, for the treatment of human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER2) overexpressing breast cancer and HER2 overexpressing metastatic gastric or gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) adenocarcinoma.

    Read the Pfizer press release here.

    Posted 3/12/2019


  • FDA Approves Pembrolizumab for Melanoma

    On February 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck & Co.) for the adjuvant treatment of patients with melanoma with involvement of lymph node(s) following complete resection.

    Read the FDA press release here.

    Posted 2/19/2019


  • Medicare Coverage Established for MRD Testing for ALL, Multiple Myeloma

    On January 17, Adaptive Biotechnologies announced that Palmetto GBA has established coverage of the clonoSEQ Assay for Medicare patients with multiple myeloma and B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). clonoSEQ is the only test authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to detect and monitor minimal residual disease (MRD) in myeloma and ALL using DNA from a patient’s bone marrow sample. The article is effective immediately and enables national coverage of Medicare patients undergoing testing.

    Read the Adaptive Biotechnologies press release here
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    Posted 1/23/2019


  • FDA Approves Olaparib for Ovarian, Fallopian, Peritoneal Cancers

    On December 19, the Food and Drug Administration approved olaparib (Lynparza, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP) for the maintenance treatment of adult patients with deleterious or suspected deleterious germline or somatic BRCA-mutated (gBRCAm or sBRCAm) advanced epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer who are in complete or partial response to first-line platinum-based chemotherapy. Patients with gBRCAm advanced epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer should be selected for therapy based on an FDA-approved companion diagnostic.

    Read the FDA press release here
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    Posted 12/19/2018



  • CMS Assigns Unique HCPCS Code for Imfinzi

    Effective for dates of services on or after January 1, 2019, the following code can be used to identify Imfinzi (durvalumab) when billing across settings of care as noted in the Medicare Program: Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System and Quality Reporting Program:

    • J9173: Injection, durvalumab, 10 mg (APC 9492, SI G, Payment Rate $73.971*)
    * The payment rate is the average sales price (ASP) per 10mg of Imfinzi as documented by the CMS Hospital Outpatient PPS Addendum A. Effective from January 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019.

    Each provider is responsible for ensuring all coding is accurate and documented in the medical record based on the condition of the patient. The use of this information does not guarantee reimbursement.  Healthcare providers are encouraged to contact payers to confirm code adoption and approved usage prior to submitting claims.

    Posted 12/19/2018



  • FDA Approves Gilteritinib for Acute Myeloid Leukemia

    On November 28, the Food and Drug Administration approved gilteritinib (Xospata, Astellas Pharma US Inc.) for the treatment of adult patients who have relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with a FLT3 mutation as detected by an FDA-approved test.

    The FDA also approved an expanded indication for a companion diagnostic, to include use with gilteritinib. The LeukoStrat CDx FLT3 Mutation Assay, (Invivoscribe Technologies, Inc.) is used to detect the FLT3 mutation in patients with AML.

    Read the full FDA press release here.

    Posted 11/28/2018



  • FDA Approves Glasdegib for Acute Myeloid Leukemia

    On November 21, the Food and Drug Administration approved glasdegib (Daurismo, Pfizer Inc.) in combination with low-dose cytarabine (LDAC), for newly-diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in patients who are 75 years old or older or who have comorbidities that preclude intensive induction chemotherapy.

    Read the full FDA press release here.

    Posted 11/26/2018


  • Imfinzi Assigned Unique HCPCS Code for Reimbursement by CMS

    Effective for dates of services on or after January 1, 2019, the following code can be used to identify Imfinzi (durvalumab, AstraZeneca) when billing across settings of care as noted in the Medicare Program: Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs:

    • J9173: Injection, durvalumab, 10 m
    Read the full CY 2019 OPPS Final Rule here.

    Posted 11/20/2018


  • FDA Approves Pembrolizumab for Hepatocellular Carcinoma

    On November 9, the Food and Drug Administration approved pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck & Co., Inc.) for the treatment of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who have been previously treated with sorafenib.

    Read the Merck press release here.

    Posted 11/12/2018


  • FDA Approves Lorlatinib for ALK+ Metastatic NSCLC

    On November 2, the FDA granted accelerated approval to lorlatinib (Lorbrena, Pfizer Inc.) for patients with ALK+ metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose disease has progressed on crizotinib and at least one other ALK inhibitor for metastatic disease or whose disease has progressed on alectinib or ceritinib as the first ALK inhibitor therapy for metastatic disease.

    Read the full FDA press release here.

    Posted 11/5/2018





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