Diplomat to Dispense DAKLINZA® for Hepatitis C Treatment
FLINT, Mich. – July 28, 2015 – The nation’s largest independent specialty pharmacy is named a preferred vendor for Bristol-Myers Squibb’s newly approved hepatitis C treatment DAKLINZA® (daclatasvir).
Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) announced today that it is a preferred vendor to dispense DAKLINZA® (daclatasvir), a direct-acting antiviral drug that targets the different stages of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) lifecycle.
DAKLINZA® is indicated in combination with other products for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 3 infection in adults, which may include other direct-acting antivirals, and is not effective if taken alone. DAKLINZA® is approved for patients with HCV genotype 3 infection and is used to treat adults with chronic infection of HCV.
Hepatitis C is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the liver, which can lead to diminished liver function or liver failure. Some individuals with chronic hepatitis C infection may develop cirrhosis, in which liver tissue is replaced by scar tissue, eventually preventing the liver from functioning properly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 2.7 million Americans are infected with HCV, approximately 10 percent are genotype 3. Unlike many other serious or chronic diseases, hepatitis C can be cured.
“DAKLINZA® has the potential to play a significant role in treating HCV,” said Gary Kadlec, president of Diplomat. “It could offer a new means of treatment or even a shorter treatment, and we are excited about that—about bringing relief to a wider patient population.”
Treatment with DAKLINZA® should be initiated and monitored by a physician experienced in the management of chronic hepatitis C.
DAKLINZA® is distributed by Bristol-Myers Squibb. Full prescribing information is available at http://www.kodc.or.kr/home/drug_info/readDownloadFile.do;jsessionid=C5A2DAD4B6EE55414F79E40385C244B1?kdcode=Z40000418&drugCd=B003301&type=eng.
To learn more about Diplomat, visit www.diplomat.is.
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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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