Diplomat to Dispense AstraZeneca Drug IRESSA®
FLINT, Mich. – August 10, 2015 – The nation’s largest independent specialty pharmacy will offer IRESSA (gefitinib) as a first-line treatment for selected patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer.
Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) announced today that it will offer IRESSA® (gefitinib), recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a first-line therapy for a specific type of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
IRESSA is a once-daily oral medication that targets and blocks the activity of epidermal growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase (EGFR-TK), an enzyme that regulates the intracellular signaling pathways implicated in cancer cell proliferation and survival. It is intended for the treatment of patients whose tumors express the most common types of EGFR mutations in NSCLC (exon 19 deletions or exon 21 L858R substitution mutations).
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death among men and women in the United States. According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 221,200 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year, and 158,040 will die from the disease. NSCLC is the most common type of lung cancer. Mutations in the EGFR gene are present in about 10 percent of NSCLC tumors.
EGFR is a protein found in abnormally high levels on the surface of many types of cancer cells, particularly NSCLC cells. A patient’s EGFR mutation status (positive or negative) can be confirmed by diagnostic testing using a sample of tumor tissue.
“We are excited to be able to offer select patients diagnosed with metastatic NSCLC another first-line treatment opportunity through IRESSA,” said Gary Kadlec, president of Diplomat. “IRESSA tablets can be taken with or without food, offering an important option to help meet patients’ needs.”
IRESSA is designed to specifically target the tumor. Please see full prescribing information for IRESSA at http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2015/206995s000lbl.pdf.
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Diplomat (NYSE: DPLO) serves patients and physicians in all 50 states. Headquartered in Flint, Michigan, the company focuses on medication management programs for people with complex chronic diseases, including oncology, immunology, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, HIV, specialized infusion therapy and many other serious or long-term conditions. Diplomat opened its doors in 1975 as a neighborhood pharmacy with one essential tenet: “Take good care of patients, and the rest falls into place.” Today, that tradition continues—always focused on improving patient care and clinical adherence. For more information visit www.diplomat.is. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn and like us on Facebook.
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