CARY, N.C. (June 29, 2018) — Biologics by McKesson, an independent specialty pharmacy for oncology and other complex therapeutic areas, 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 Life Sciences. “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.
About Biologics by McKesson
Biologics by McKesson is an independent specialty pharmacy with over 24 years of experience connecting patients to life-changing medications in oncology and other complex therapeutic areas. Built on the foundation of deep clinical expertise and a high-touch approach to patient care, Biologics by McKesson delivers seamless access and personalized engagement, so patients get the most out of the care they receive. As part of McKesson Life Sciences, a business within McKesson Corporation, Biologics by McKesson harnesses unparalleled reach and connectivity across the healthcare system to connect the dots between payers, providers and biopharma, so together, they can deliver better care and outcomes for every patient.
- 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.