Payers Say They Likely Will Cover METex14 NSCLC Agents

When the FDA approved Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.’s Tabrecta (capmatinib) in early May, the tablet became the first treatment approved for a specific type of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Commercial payers have indicated a willingness to cover the drug within the first six months of launch, according to data from Zitter Insights.

The agency gave Tabrecta accelerated approval for the treatment of adults with metastatic NSCLC whose tumors have a mutation that leads to mesenchymal-epithelial transition exon 14 skipping (METex14) (see story, p. 3). The agency also approved Foundation Medicine, Inc.’s FoundationOne CDx as a companion diagnostic.

Angela Maas

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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