Genomic Health Article on Study Results

On December 15, 2015 Genomic Health, Inc. announced results from multiple Oncotype DX® breast cancer test studies at the 38th CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) reconfirming that Oncotype DX accurately predicts clinical outcomes - including risk of recurrence and breast cancer survival - in early-stage patients with invasive breast cancer. Data include results from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program of the National Cancer Institute (NCI); complete results from a multi-center study from Clalit Health Services, the largest Health Maintenance Organization in Israel; and additional analysis from theTrial Assigning IndividuaLized Options for Treatment (Rx), or TAILORx, led by the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group.

FDA Approves Expanded Indication for Merck’s KEYTRUDA®

On Dec. 18, 2015 Merck announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an expanded indication for KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab), the company’s anti-PD-1 (programmed death receptor-1) therapy, to include the first-line treatment of patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma. 

Please click on the links below to read the Press Release and FDA Approval Letter:

Press Release

FDA Approval Letter

New J Code for CYRAMZA®

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced the assignment of a product-specific code for CYRAMZA® ramucirumab), . The new code, J9308, is defined as injection, ramucirumab, 5 mg and is effective January 1, 2016.

J Code for KEYTRUDA®

KEYTRUDA has been assigned a permanent HCPCS* code, effective January 1, 2016:

HCPCS Code J9271: Injection, pembrolizumab, 1 mg

Click Here to read the Coding Update from Merck

New FDA Approval for Portrazza™

On November 24, 2015, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Portrazza, an epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) antagonist, indicated in combination with gemcitabine and cisplatin for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Portrazza is not indicated for the treatment of nonsquamous NSCLC.


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Please click here for full Prescribing Information, and important Safety Information for Portrazza.

Takeda Oncology Announces Comprehensive Support Program for NINLARO®

Takeda Oncology has just launched a new comprehensive support program for NINLARO® (ixazomib) patients and their healthcare providers. NINLARO 1Point offers an array of access and coverage services.


The NINLARO 1Point dedicated case management team can deliver personalized services that help patients and providers navigate coverage requirements for NINLARO, streamline product access, and connect to helpful resources. Services include:

·       Benefit verification and prior authorization assistance

·       Assistance with appealing a payer denial

·       NINLARO Co-Pay Assistance Program enrollment for eligible, commercially insured patients

·       Specialty pharmacy referral and coordination

·       Referral to alternative funding sources and third-party foundations

·       Connection to support services, including referrals for transportation services, legal support, and national and local organizations for counseling

·       Patient Assistance Program application


For more information on access, coverage, and available support and services, contact a NINLARO 1Point case manager at:

1-844-N1POINT (1-844-617-6468), Option 2, Monday-Friday, 8AM-8PM ET

Or visit NINLARO 1Point at

Click here for highlights of the Prescribing Information

FDA Approves Amgen's IMLYGIC™

On October 27, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved IMLYGICTM (talimogene laherparepvec).

is a genetically modified oncolytic viral therapy indicated for the local treatment of unresectable cutaneous, subcutaneous, and nodal lesions in patients with melanoma recurrent after initial surgery.

Limitations of use: IMLYGIC™ has not been shown to improve overall survival or have an effect on visceral metastases.

Please click here for the IMLYGICTM Full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide.

Bristol-Myers Squibb New FDA Approval for Opdivo

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Opdivo (nivolumab) injection, for intravenous use, for the treatment of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who have received prior anti-angiogenic therapy.

Click Here to read the press release from Bristol-Myers Squibb.