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The FDA’s Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee voted to keep most indications for a handful of immune checkpoint inhibitors that target programmed death-1/programmed death ligand-1 (PD-1/PD-L1) and received accelerated approval pending further clinical trial data (RSP 4/21, p. 1). Receiving “yes” votes were Tecentriq (atezolizumab) from Roche subsidiary Genentech USA, Inc. for certain triple-negative breast cancers and urothelial carcinomas and Merck & Co., Inc.’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for certain urothelial carcinomas and hepatocellular carcinomas. Keytruda received a negative vote for certain gastric cancers and Bristol Myers Squibb’s Opdivo (nivolumab) did also for certain hepatocellular carcinomas. View the meeting materials at https://bit.ly/3uj4XqJ.

Amber Specialty Pharmacy is partnering with MarkeTouch Media to enhance communication with patients via automated, targeted and responsive outbound notifications across services through the TouchPoint Management solution. The move frees up staff from performing routine tasks, allowing them to focus on patients, says the company. Visit www.amberpharmacy.com.

Angela Maas

Angela has an extensive background of editing, reporting and writing for trade and consumer publications. She has written Radar on Specialty Pharmacy (formerly called Specialty Pharmacy News) since she joined AIS Health in 2005 and has broad knowledge of the various issues at play within the space. Before joining AIS Health, she was managing editor at Employee Benefit News and Employee Benefit News Canada and managing editor at HemAware (a hemophilia publication), Lupus Living and Momentum (a multiple sclerosis publication). She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in British literature from Arizona State University.

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