For 2021, Texas Medicaid has designated pegfilgrastim-cbqv (Udenyca®, Coherus Biosciences) the preferred pegfilgrastim on the Preferred Drug List (PDL). Udenyca® coverage details are available here.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the 150 mg single-dose vial of trastuzumab-qyyp (Trazimera®, Pfizer)—a biosimilar to Herceptin® (trastuzumab).
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Posted on 3/11/2021
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the inclusion of epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, and primary peritoneal cancer to the indications of bevacizumab-bvzr (Zirabev®, Pfizer).
G1 Therapeutics, Inc. and Boehringer Ingelheim announced that COSELA™(trilaciclib) for injection is now available in the U.S.
On February 12, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved COSELA to decrease the incidence of chemotherapy-induced myelosuppression in adult patients when administered prior to a platinum/etoposide-containing regimen or topotecan-containing regimen for extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC).
It is the first and only therapy designed to help protect bone marrow (myeloprotection) when administered prior to treatment with chemotherapy.
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Posted on 3/10/2021
On March 3, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded lorlatinib's indication to include first-line treatment of people with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Lorlatinib is now indicated for adults with metastatic NSCLC whose tumors are ALK-positive as detected by an FDA-approved test.
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On February 26, 2020 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved melphalan flufenamide in combination with dexamethasone for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory (R/R) multiple myeloma (MM), who have received at least four prior lines of therapy and whose disease is refractory to at least one proteasome inhibitor, one immunomodulatory agent, and one CD38-directed monoclonal antibody.
Read Oncopeptides' announcement.
On February 9, the Food and Drug Administration approved the PD-1 inhibitor cemiplimab-rwlc (Libtayo®, Regeneron/Sanofi) as the first immunotherapy treatment indicated for patients with advanced basal cell carcinoma previously treated with a hedgehog pathway inhibitor (HHI) or for whom an HHI is not appropriate. Full approval was granted for patients with locally advanced BCC and accelerated approval was granted for patients with metastatic BCC.
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Posted on 2/17/2021
On February 9, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted regular approval to cemiplimab-rwlc for patients with locally advanced basal cell carcinoma (BCC) previously treated with a hedgehog pathway inhibitor (HHI) or for whom a HHI is not appropriate and granted accelerated approval to cemiplimab-rwlc for patients with metastatic basal cell carxinoma previously treated with a HHI or for whom a HHI is not appropriate.
Read the FDA announcement.
Read Sanofi and Regeneron's announcements.