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  • FDA Approves Biosimilar Trastuzumab-anns for All Approved Herceptin Indications

    On June 13, 2019, Amgen and Allergan plc announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Kanjinti (trastuzumab-anns) for all approved indications of the reference product, Herceptin® (trastuzumab):  for the treatment of HER2-overexpressing adjuvant and metastatic breast cancer and HER2-overexpressing metastatic gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma.

    Read corporate press release.

    Posted 6/14/2019


  • FDA Approves First-Line Pembrolizumab for Metastatic or Unresectable HNSCC

    On June 10, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck) for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic or unresectable recurrent head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC).

    Pembrolizumab was approved for use in combination with platinum and fluorouracil (FU) for all patients and as a single agent for patients whose tumors express PD‑L1 (Combined Positive Score [CPS] ≥1) as determined by an FDA‑approved test. The FDA also expanded the intended use for the PD-L1 IHC 22C3 pharmDx kit to include use as a companion diagnostic device for selecting patients with HNSCC for treatment with pembrolizumab as a single agent.

    Read the FDA announcement.

    Posted 6/11/2019


  • 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 Pembrolizumab + Chemotherapy for NSqNSCLC

    On August 17, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck & Co., Inc.) in combination with pemetrexed and platinum as first-line treatment of patients with metastatic, non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSqNSCLC), with no EGFR or ALK genomic tumor aberrations.

    Pembrolizumab was previously granted accelerated approval for this indication in May 2017 based on improvements in overall response rate and progression-free survival for patients randomized to pembrolizumab administered with pemetrexed and carboplatin as compared with pemetrexed and carboplatin alone in the KEYNOTE-021 study. This approval represents fulfillment of a postmarketing commitment demonstrating the clinical benefit of this product.

    Read the full FDA announcement here.

    Posted 8/20/2018



  • FDA Approves Pembrolizumab for Treatment of PMBCL

    On June 13, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck) for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients with refractory primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL), or who have relapsed after two or more prior lines of therapy.

    Read the FDA press release here.

    Posted 6/19/2018


  • Trump Administration Announces MyHealthEData Initiative

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma has announced the administration's new MyHealthEData, an initiative that aims to give Americans more complete access to their healthcare data. She made the announcement in an address on March 6, 2018, at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The government-wide initiative is being led by the White House Office of American Innovation with participation from the Department of Health and Human Services, including CMS; Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC); the National Institutes of Health; and the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

    As part of MyHealthEData announcement, CMS also announced that the agency intends to "overhaul" the EHR Incentive Programs to "refocus the programs on interoperability and to reduce the time and cost required" for providers to meet requirements. 

    In her remarks, Administrator Verma also described Medicare's Blue Button 2.0 - a tool that would allow Medicare beneficiaries to access and their personal health data in a "universal digital format."  

    As part of this initiative, the administration is also calling on healthcare insurers to follow suit and give patients access to their claims data in a digital format. 

    The administration is still developing a timeline for the initiative, Verma said in an interview with Bloomberg BNA

    Read the CMS press release.
    Read the CMS fact sheet

    Posted 3/7/18




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