FDA Approves Pembrolizumab for Recurrent or Metastatic cSCC
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.
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ELITEK Pivotal Trial Overview
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.
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FDA Approves Cyramza for First-Line Treatment of Metastatic EGFR-Mutated NSCLC
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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Sanofi Introduces the Libtayo Surround Online Portal
Healthcare providers can now help patients enroll in LIBTAYO Surround online portal.
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FDA Approves Tabrecta for Metastatic NSCLC with METex14
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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Pfizer Oncology Personalized Support
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.
FDA Approves Pembrolizumab for Treatment of TMB-H Solid Tumors
On June 16, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck & Co., Inc.) for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients with unresectable or metastatic tumor mutational burden-high (TMB-H) [≥10 mutations/megabase (mut/Mb)] solid tumors, as determined by an FDA-approved test, that have progressed following prior treatment and who have no satisfactory alternative treatment options.
On the same day, the FDA also approved the FoundationOneCDx assay as a companion diagnostic for pembrolizumab.
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FDA Extends Indication of Gemtuzumab Ozogamicin to CD33-Positive AML Pediatric Patients
On June 16, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended the indication of gemtuzumab ozogamicin (Mylotarg™, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals LLC) for newly-diagnosed CD33-positive acute myeloid leukemia (AML) to include pediatric patients 1 month and older.
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FDA Approves HPV Vaccine Gardasil 9 for Prevention of Certain Head & Neck Cancers
On June 12, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an expanded indication for Gardasil 9 for the prevention of oropharyngeal and other head and neck cancers caused by HPV Types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58. The oropharyngeal and head and neck cancer indication is approved under accelerated approval based on effectiveness in preventing HPV-related anogenital disease.
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CMS Issues Product-Specific J-code for Adakveo®
Novartis is pleased to announce that for dates of service on or after July 1, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a product-specific J-code: J0791 for injection, crizanlizumab-tmca, 5 mg. The updated billing unit is 5 mg.
The new and unique J-code replaces all previous HCPCS codes for crizanlizumab-tmca (Adakveo®, Novartis) for IV Infusion 10 mg/mL. The permanent J-code is used by all payer types.
Please note: For dates of service before July 1, 2020, use either J3490 (unclassified drugs, all sites of care) or J3590 (unclassified biologics, all sites of care). For dates of service between April 1, 2020, and June 30, 2020, some payers may allow the use of C9053 (injection, crizanlizumab-tmca, 1 mg, hospital outpatient).
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