Diplomat to Dispense Novartis Drug, JADENU™
FLINT, Mich. – April 13, 2015 – JADENU™, recently FDA-approved to treat chronic iron overload, will be available for patients through Diplomat, the nation’s largest independent specialty pharmacy.
Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) to distribute JADENU™, a drug recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat patients with chronic iron overload.
Chronic iron overload is a life-threatening toxicity that results from blood transfusions required to treat sickle cell disease, myelodysplastic syndromes, thalassemia and other conditions. Chronic iron overload also can occur in patients with non-transfusion-dependent thalassemia (NTDT) syndromes, due to increased iron absorption in the stomach and intestines. If left untreated, chronic iron overload can damage the liver and heart.
JADENU™ is a new oral formulation of EXJADE® (deferasirox) for the treatment of chronic iron overload due to blood transfusions in patients age 2 and older, and chronic iron due to NTDT in patients age 10 and older. The new drug is the only once-daily oral iron chelator that can be swallowed whole. It can be taken in a single step, with or without a light meal, simplifying daily treatment administration.
“We’re excited to be able to offer patients with chronic iron overload an alternative treatment option through JADENU™,” said Gary Kadlec, Diplomat’s president. “JADENU™ oral tablets make the administration simple and offer an important new option to help meet our patients’ needs.”
JADENU™ is approved under accelerated approval based on a reduction of liver iron concentrations and serum ferritin levels. Please see full prescribing information for JADENU™ at http://www.pharma.us.novartis.com/product/pi/pdf/jadenu.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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