The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently authorized the marketing of three new tobacco products, marking the first set of electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products to be authorized by FDA through the Premarket Tobacco Product Application (PMTA) pathway. The agency issued Marketing Granted Orders to R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company for its Vuse Solo closed ENDS device and accompanying tobacco-flavored e-liquid pods. The FDA has noted that this authorization allows these products to be legally sold in the U.S.—it does not mean these products are safe or “FDA approved.”
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A new infographic from Cancer.Net, answers common questions and addresses concerns people with cancer have about COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States. Designed to be printed and shared with patients and caregivers, the infographic highlights the increased risk people with cancer face from COVID-19, the protection provided by vaccines, and the importance of vaccination for patients with cancer and the people who care for them.
Use the ASCO ACT Network to tell your representatives in Congress to co-sponsor he Social Determinants of Health Accelerator Act, ASCO-backed legislation to address social determinants of health and improve outcomes for all patients.
A new study published today in JCO Oncology Practice found that patients with certain cancers have a higher mortality risk than other cancer types if they have contracted the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Specifically, older patients with B-cell malignancies who acquire SARS-CoV-2 who are undergoing cancer treatment are at increased risk of death compared to other patients with cancer. Previous or current tobacco users who are undergoing cancer treatment are also at increased risk of death if they test positive for SARS-CoV-2.
Oncology practices that participated in a quality improvement project that included ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) and ASCO Quality Training Program (QTP) were able to make improvements in the care provided to underserved populations in their communities, according to a new article published in the Quality of Management in Health Care journal. The program was supported by a grant to Conquer Cancer®, the ASCO Foundation from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Labor, and the Department of the Treasury (“the Departments”), along with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), released an interim final rule with comment period, entitled “Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part II.” This rule is related to Title I (the No Surprises Act) of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, and implements additional protections against surprise medical bills under the No Surprises Act, including provisions related to the independent dispute resolution process, good faith estimates for uninsured (or self-pay) individuals, the patient-provider dispute resolution process, and expanded rights to external review.
On October 7, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration granted recognition to a partial listing of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Oncology Knowledge Base (OncoKB) as the first tumor mutation database to be included in the Public Human Genetic Variant Databases.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has partnered with the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) for a new initiative to improve vaccination rates among high-risk adults. The partnership is the result of a five-year cooperative agreement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded CMSS—a coalition of 45 specialty societies representing more than 800,000 physicians.
The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) congratulates Dr. Francis Collins on his long and impactful tenure as Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
On October 1, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration approved brexucabtagene autoleucel (Tecartus, Kite Pharma, Inc.) for adult patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
The American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Coverage and Reimbursement Steering Group presented a poster on utilization of advance care planning (ACP) services at the ASCO Quality Care Symposium.
The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is calling on Congress to continue their bipartisan support of federally funded research. Robust, sustained, and predictable funding growth for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) baseline budgets are critical in advancing our nation’s work towards combating, and ultimately curing, diseases like cancer.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule that could increase access to cancer care through an extended open enrollment period and monthly special enrollment periods for federally facilitated health insurance exchanges and state-based exchanges on the federal platform.
New research powered by CancerLinQ Discovery® de-identified data sets that is being presented at the 2021 ASCO® Quality Care Symposium (QCS) identified factors that predict the likelihood of short-term mortality for patients with metastatic breast cancer; highlighted important demographic and clinical differences between patients with breast cancer typically considered to be candidates for clinical trials and those seen in routine clinical practice; and characterized the use of telehealth for end-of-life cancer care during the pandemic.
On September 22, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration approved ruxolitinib (Jakafi, Incyte Corp.) for chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) after failure of one or two lines of systemic therapy in adult and pediatric patients 12 years and older.