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Genentech

FDA approves atezolizumab for BRAF V600 unresectable or metastatic melanoma

On July 30, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration approved atezolizumab (Tecentriq, Genentech, Inc.) in combination with cobimetinib and vemurafenib for patients with BRAF V600 mutation-positive unresectable or metastatic melanoma. Efficacy in combination with cobimetinib and vemurafenib was evaluated in a double-blind, randomized (1:1), placebo-controlled, multicenter trial (IMspire150, NCT02908672) in 514 patients. After a 28-day...

Kite

FDA Approves First Cell-Based Gene Therapy For Adult Patients with Relapsed or Refractory MCL

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Tecartus (brexucabtagene autoleucel), a cell-based gene therapy for treatment of adult patients diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) who have not responded to or who have relapsed following other kinds of treatment. Tecartus, a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy, is the first cell-based gene therapy...

Kite

FDA Approves First Cell-Based Gene Therapy For Adult Patients with Relapsed or Refractory MCL

On July 24, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Tecartus (brexucabtagene autoleucel), a cell-based gene therapy for treatment of adult patients diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) who have not responded to or who have relapsed following other kinds of treatment. Tecartus, a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy, is the first...

Genentech

Announcing a New Genentech Therapy

Genentech is excited to share the news of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of PHESGO™ (pertuzumab, trastuzumab, and hyaluronidase-zzxf) injection, for subcutaneous use. PHESGO is a fixed-dose combination of pertuzumab and trastuzumab, HER2/neu receptor antagonists, and hyaluronidase, an endoglycosidase. Indications Early Breast Cancer PHESGO™ (pertuzumab, trastuzumab, and hyaluronidase-zzxf) is indicated for use in combination with...

Taiho Oncology

FDA Approves New Therapy for Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) That Can Be Taken at Home – Drug Information Update

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Inqovi (decitabine and cedazuridine) tablets for treatment of adult patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML). This represents an important advance in treatment options for patients with MDS, a type of blood cancer, who previously needed to visit a health care facility to receive...

Dr. Cassell

In Memory of Dr. Robert Cassell

With heavy hearts, FLASCO is saddened to announce the passing of longtime FLASCO member, Robert ‘Bob’ Cassell, MD, PhD.  Dr. Cassell passed away Tuesday, June 30th in Winter Haven, Florida, after battling COVID.  Dr. Cassell was a longtime member of FLASCO, serving on the Board of Directors for many years, and as FLASCO President from...

EMD Serono

FDA approved avelumab 6/30/2020

Food and Drug Administration approved avelumab (BAVENCIO, EMD Serono, Inc.) for maintenance treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma (UC) that has not progressed with first-line platinum-containing chemotherapy. More Information. June 30, 2020 https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-approvals-and-databases/fda-approves-avelumab-urothelial-carcinoma-maintenance-treatment Hematology/Oncology (Cancer) Approvals & Safety Notifications https://www.fda.gov/drugs/resources-information-approved-drugs/hematologyoncology-cancer-approvals-safety-notifications

Genentech

FDA approves combination of pertuzumab, trastuzumab, and hyaluronidase-zzxf for HER2-positive breast cancer

On June 29, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new fixed-dose combination of pertuzumab, trastuzumab, and hyaluronidase–zzxf (PHESGO®, Genentech, Inc.) for subcutaneous injection for the following indications: Use in combination with chemotherapy as: • neoadjuvant treatment of patients with HER2-positive, locally advanced, inflammatory, or early stage breast cancer (either greater than 2 cm...

Merck

FDA Approves First-Line Immunotherapy for Patients with MSI-H/dMMR Metastatic Colorectal Cancer – Drug Information Update

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for intravenous injection for the first-line treatment of patients with unresectable or metastatic microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) or mismatch repair deficient (dMMR) colorectal cancer. This marks the first immunotherapy approved for this patient population as a first-line treatment and which is administered to patients without also giving...

Genentech

FDA approves combination of pertuzumab, trastuzumab, and hyaluronidase-zzxf for HER2-positive breast cancer

On June 29, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new fixed-dose combination of pertuzumab, trastuzumab, and hyaluronidase–zzxf (PHESGO®, Genentech, Inc.) for subcutaneous injection for the following indications: Use in combination with chemotherapy as: • neoadjuvant treatment of patients with HER2-positive, locally advanced, inflammatory, or early stage breast cancer (either greater than 2 cm...

Merck

FDA approved approved pembrolizumab colorectal cancer

Food and Drug Administration approved pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA, Merck & Co.) for the first-line treatment of patients with unresectable or metastatic microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) or mismatch repair deficient (dMMR) colorectal cancer. More Information. June 29, 2020 https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-approvals-and-databases/fda-approves-pembrolizumab-first-line-treatment-msi-hdmmr-colorectal-cancer  Hematology/Oncology (Cancer) Approvals & Safety Notifications https://www.fda.gov/drugs/resources-information-approved-drugs/hematologyoncology-cancer-approvals-safety-notifications

Genentech

FDA Grants Approval to New Fixed-Dose Combination of Perjeta and Herceptin

Genentech announced the FDA granted approval to Phesgo, a new fixed-dose combination of Perjeta and Herceptin available in a single vial. It can be administered under the skin (subcutaneous injection) in just minutes, significantly reducing the amount of time a patient spends receiving treatment when compared to hours with IV administration. The Genentech press release...

CareASSIST Patient Support by Sanofi Genzyme

At the CareASSIST Program by Sanofi Genzyme, our mission is to deliver support services to eligible patients through reliable reimbursement and financial assistance programs. Our dedicated team of CareASSIST Patient Access Specialists strives to ensure that these patients are able to access support through our program. Access and Reimbursement Assistance navigating the insurance process, including...

FDA

FDA approves pembrolizumab for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma

On June 24, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration 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. Efficacy was investigated in KEYNOTE-629 (NCT03284424), a multicenter, multi-cohort, non-randomized, open-label trial. The trial excluded patients who had previously received...

FDA Approval of XPO1 Inhibitor Compound

Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc. is proud to announce the FDA approval of their lead XPO1 inhibitor compound to treat patients with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). To learn more about this recent approval, please see the full press release here. (For XPOVIO®(selinexor) full Prescribing Information please visit: XPOVIO Full Prescribing Information.)

Epizyme

FDA granted accelerated approval to tazemetostat for follicular lymphoma

On June 18, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to tazemetostat (TAZVERIK™, Epizyme, Inc.), an EZH2 inhibitor, for adult patients with relapsed or refractory (R/R) follicular lymphoma (FL) whose tumors are positive for an EZH2 mutation as detected by an FDA-approved test and who have received at least 2 prior systemic therapies,...

A product-specific J-code for an mUC treatment is now available

  We are pleased to announce the assignment of a product-specific, permanent J-code for PADCEV. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the July 2020 Quarterly Healthcare Common Procedural Coding System (HCPCS) File, which includes the designation of J9177 for PADCEV with the effective date of July 1, 2020.1 * Note that the product’s NDC code...

FDA

FDA approves gemtuzumab ozogamicin for CD33-positive AML in pediatric patients

On June 16, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration extended the indication of gemtuzumab ozogamicin (MYLOTARGTM, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals LLC) for newly-diagnosed CD33-positive acute myeloid leukemia (AML) to include pediatric patients 1 month and older. Efficacy and safety in the pediatric population were supported by data from AAML0531 (NCT00372593), a multicenter randomized study of 1,063 patients...

FDA

FDA approves pembrolizumab for adults and children with TMB-H solid tumors

Food and Drug Administration 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...

Sanofi Genzyme

Testing for Gaucher Disease

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COVID-19 Pandemic, New Health Policies and Resources

As our healthcare industry rapidly evolves to address the COVID-19 pandemic, new health policies and resources especially in the areas of patient affordability, care delivery and provider reimbursement continue to be released. That is why we have engaged Avalere, the health policy research firm, to develop and update a repository cataloging significant health policy changes....

ENHERTU® (fam-trastuzumab deruxtecan-nxki)

Effective July 1, 2020, ENHERTU® (fam-trastuzumab deruxtecan-nxki) will have a permanent j-code: J9358. ENHERTU is a HER2-directed antibody and topoisomerase inhibitor conjugate indicated for the treatment of adult patients with unresectable or metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer who have received two or more prior anti-HER2–based regimens in the metastatic setting.1 This indication is approved under accelerated...

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