CARY, N.C. (June 29, 2018) —Biologics, Inc., a McKesson Specialty Health oncology, neurology and complex care pharmacy services company, has been selected by Array BioPharma, Inc. to be in the limited distribution network for the combination therapy BRAFTOVITM (encorafenib) and MEKTOVI® (binimetinib) for the treatment of patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma with a BRAFV600E or BRAFV600K mutation, as detected by a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved test.
“Advanced BRAF-mutant melanoma is a serious and deadly type of skin cancer. Nearly half of melanoma patients who are diagnosed with the cancer after it has already spread have the BRAF mutation,” said Brandon Tom, VP, Commercial Services, McKesson Specialty Health. “BRAFTOVI and MEKTOVI represent an important new targeted treatment, and we are looking forward to helping to bring this new option to the metastatic melanoma community.”
BRAFTOVI and MEKTOVI were approved by the FDA on June 27, 2018 based on clinical data from the Phase 3 COLUMBUS trial, published in the Lancet Oncology.1 More information about these products can be found at www.braftovimektovi.com.
Metastatic melanoma is the most life-threatening type of skin cancer and is associated with low survival rates. 2,3 Approximately half of the estimated 200,000 new cases of melanoma diagnosed worldwide each year have BRAF mutations, a key target in the treatment of metastatic melanoma. 2,4,5
Biologics’ oncology specialty pharmacy is committed to providing patient-centric care throughout the patient’s cancer journey. The company is recognized across the industry for its high level of customer service and its innovative high-touch patient care model that supports patients with a multidisciplinary care team. Each team includes a pharmacist with in-depth knowledge of oncology pharmaceuticals, an experienced oncology nurse and a financial counselor who is familiar with various financial assistance programs and organizations that help cancer patients. This highly skilled care team works together to develop individualized care plans that address each patient’s unique clinical, financial and emotional needs and that streamline communication back to the treating provider, empowering high-quality care and optimal outcomes.
Physicians may submit prescriptions to Biologics via phone (800-850-4306), fax (800-823-4506) or eScribe. For electronic prescribing systems, physicians may search for Biologics within their EMR system.
Biologics, Inc. is an oncology pharmacy services company that empowers healthcare providers, payers and biopharma to optimize cancer care for the best possible outcomes – clinical, financial and emotional. Unifying fragmented healthcare services, Biologics brings efficiency and humanity to oncology care management by focusing on the patient’s best interest as the surest path to managing cost and risk.
Biologics is part of McKesson Specialty Health, a division of McKesson Corporation empowering the community patient care delivery system by helping community practices advance the science, technology and quality of care. Through innovative clinical research, business and operational solutions, facilitated by integrated technology systems, we focus on improving the financial health of our customers so they may provide the best care to their patients.
- Melanoma Skin Cancer. American Cancer Society. Available at: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/melanoma-skin-cancer.html. Accessed January 2018.
- A Snapshot of Melanoma. National Cancer Institute. Available at: https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/melan.html. Accessed January 2018.
- Globocan 2012: Estimated Cancer Incidence, Mortality and Prevalence Worldwide in 2012. http://globocan.iarc.fr/Pages/fact_sheets_population.aspx. Accessed January 2018.
- Klein O, et al. Eur J Cancer, 2013.