BMS Patient Assistance Transportation Program
The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) has partnered with CancerCare to provide free local transportation to patients during the COVID-19 national emergency. This program will provide free transportation for patients to and from their community oncology provider. Working with a nationwide transportation provider, practices will be able to organize free local transportation to and from appointments in clean vehicles.
Community oncology practices must register to be part of this program. Simply fill out this form and COA will provide you with details on how to book travel for patients needing transportation.
Genentech's Response to COVID-19
Genentech takes the health and safety of its patients, customers, employees, and local communities very seriously, and are actively responding to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Genentech knows that needs will continue to emerge over the coming weeks and months, and they are closely monitoring and evaluating the situation as it evolves.
For more information on Genentech's response to COVID-19, please visit its website.
AbbVie's Update on COVID-19
As COVID-19 continues to have an increased impact on our communities, AbbVie continues its focus on the health and safety of employees, healthcare professionals, and patients. AbbVie is collaborating with select health authorities and institutions globally on clinical research related to COVID-19.
For more information on AbbVie's response to COVID-19, please visit its website.
CMS Re-evaluating Accelerated Payment Program; Halting Advance Payment Program
On April 26, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is reevaluating the amounts that will be paid under its Accelerated Payment Program and suspending its Advance Payment Program to Part B suppliers effective immediately.
CMS states that significant additional funding will continue to be available to hospitals and other healthcare providers through other programs such as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (PL 116-136) and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (PL 116-139) for healthcare providers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is distributing these funds through the Provider Relief Fund, and these payments do not need to be repaid.
View CMS' updated fact sheet on the Accelerated Payment Program and Advance Payment Program here.
Pfizer Oncology Announces Transition of IBRANCE® (palbociclib) from Capsules to Tablets
Pfizer Oncology is pleased to announce that IBRANCE® (palbociclib) is transitioning from capsules to tablets. The new film-coated tablets will be dispensed in blister packs, whichh are designed to enable patients to track where they are in their treatment cycle. The tablet formulation is bioequivalent to the capsule formulation.
IBRANCE® is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with hormone receptor-positive (HR+), human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative (HER2-) advanced, or metastatic breast cancer in combination with:
Read the trade sheet for the tablet formulation.
FDA Approves KOSELUGO™ for Neurofibromatosis-1 with Plexiform Neurofibromas
On April 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved KOSELUGO™(selumetinib) for the treatment of children two years of age and older with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) who have plexiform neurofibromas (PN) that cannot be completely removed by surgery.
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CMS Launches COVID-19 Workforce Virtual Toolkit
On April 22, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new toolkit to help state and local healthcare decision-makers in managing healthcare workforce challenges in response to the COVID-19 emergency. The online toolkit, developed by the Healthcare Resilience Task Force, includes a full suite of available resources to aid in response based on state and local needs.
Access the COVID-19 Workforce Virtual Tookit.
FDA Approves Sacituzumab Govitecan-hziy in Previously-Treated Metastatic Triple Negative Breast Cancer
On April 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to sacituzumab govitecan-hziy (Trodelvy™) for the treatment of adult patients with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer who have received at least two prior therapies for metastatic disease.
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CMS Issues Guidance for Some Facilities to Re-Start Non-Essential Services
On April 19, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance for facilities in areas with a low, or relatively low and stable incidence of COVID-19, to resume providing non-emergent, non-COVID-19 healthcare services. Many non-essential surgeries and procedures have been curtailed since March 18 when the agency recommended that facilities limit non-essential care to preserve personal protective equipment (PPE) and prepare for potential surge areas.
The CMS guidance references the White House plan for Opening Up America, released on Friday, April 17. The agency's guidance titled, Opening Up America Again, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Recommendations Re-opening Facilities to Provide Non-emergent Non-COVID-19 Healthcare: Phase I, notes that "if states or regions have passed the Gating Criteria (symptoms, cases, and hospitals) announced on April 16, 2020, then they may proceed to Phase I."
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FDA Approves Pemigatinib for Certain Unresectable Advanced Cholangiocarcinomas
On April 17, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to pemigatinib (Pemazyre, Incyte Corporation) for the treatment of adults with previously treated, unresectable locally advanced or metastatic cholangiocarcinoma with a fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 (FGFR2) fusion or other rearrangement as detected by an FDA-approved test.
The FDA also approved the FoundationOne® CDX (Foundation Medicine, Inc.) as a companion diagnostic for patient selection.
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