FDA Approves Tukysa™ for Patients with HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer
On April 17, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Tukysa™(tucatinib) in combination with trastuzumab and capecitabine for the treatment of adult patients with advanced unresectable or metastatic HER2+ breast cancer, including patients with brain metastases, who have received one or more prior anti-HER2-based regimens in the metastatic setting.
Read FDA announcement.
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Merck Broadens Patient Support and Assistance Programs as Part of Overall COVID-19 Relief Efforts
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Merck is focused on protecting the safety of its employees and their families, ensuring that its supply of medicines and vaccines reach its patients, contributing its scientific expertise to the development of antiviral approaches, and supporting healthcare providers and their communities.
Read the press release for more information on Merck's response to COVID-19.
How Pfizer Oncology Together Is Addressing Patient Needs
Pfizer recognizes the strain that the COVID-19 pandemic is placing on patients and healthcare providers around the world, and is working with governments, international NGOs, and U.S.-based not-for profit organizations to respond to this pandemic by donating much needed medications and vaccines and working to support front-line health workers.
Read Pfizer's full response to COVID-19.
COVID-19 Healthcare Professional Information Update
As critical and valued partners in the healthcare community in the U.S., Pfizer wanted to share its approach to the COVID-19 pandemic and changes it is making to best address your needs and those of the patients you serve. Pfizer is taking steps to ensure supply of its medicines and help halt the spread of this disease by developing antiviral therapies and, through a partnership, a potential vaccine for the COVID-19 virus.
Pfizer also recently announced a commitment of $40 million in medical and charitable cash grants to help address urgent needs of U.S. and global partners on the front lines of the pandemic.
Read Pfizer's full response to COVID-19.
BMS Patient Support Program Overview
In light of the developing situation around COVID-19, Bristol Myers Squibb would like to share immediate action they are taking to support the health and well-being of patients, customers, and employees during this time.
Bristol Myers Squibb is expanding its longstanding patient support programs to help eligible unemployed patients in the U.S. who have lost their health insurance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The expanded program offers access to BMS medicine for free.
Read the expanded patient support program overview.
Takeda Oncology 1Point Patient Support Program
The Takeda Oncology 1Point is a comprehensive program committed to helping patients taking Takeda Oncology medicines navigate coverage requirements, identify available financial assistance and connect with helpful resources throughout their treatment.
Read the announcement.
Learn more and download the enrollment form at Takedaoncology1point.com.
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.