RESEARCH, PHARMA TECH
OM1 | February 06, 2023
OM1, a leading real-world data, results, and technology firm focused on chronic diseases, recently announced the release of its Reasons for Discontinuation (RfD) Analytic Reports. Utilizing the OM1 Real-World Data CloudTM, Immunology Real-World Data Network, and proprietary artificial intelligence (AI) technology, the RfD reports provide difficult-to-obtain, extremely valuable discontinuation trends for cDMARDs, bDMARDs, and tsDMARDs in primary dermatologic and rheumatologic conditions.
Each year, millions of Americans cease their prescriptions prematurely, costing the pharmaceutical industry in the United States an estimated $250 billion in lost income and can affect the health of these patients. Therefore, it is crucial for pharmaceutical businesses to comprehend patient discontinuation patterns so they may act on information regarding tolerability, costs, and emerging contraindications to enhance the patient experience. Prior to this point, it was extremely difficult to extract these insights due to the fact that crucial information was not reflected in claims or any other sort of structured data but was only available in clinical notes.
OM1 is elevating the clinical narrative into actionable insights that pharmaceutical companies can rely on to comprehend patient adherence and clinician prescribing behavior, thanks to its data cloud built on billions of data points from over 300 million patients and unique AI and modeling capabilities. The analyses, which are conducted across multiple strata, such as demographic groups, patient characteristics, medical histories, comorbidities and care pathways, extract insights from the extensive clinical data sets available to OM1 and notes from prescribing clinicians dating back to 2013.
Currently, accessible RfD reports include psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis, with more to come, including schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar illness.
Founded in 2015, OM1 is a renowned health outcomes, and registries firm focused on treatment outcome measurement, comparison, and prediction. OM1 created the first intelligent data cloud for healthcare, leveraging big data, standardized outcomes measurement, and artificial intelligence technologies to provide more precise information and improve decision-making for stakeholders across the healthcare ecosystem. The company is reimagining real-world data and evidence in immunology, cardiometabolic, mental health and neurosciences, respiratory and ENT specialty areas by establishing vast electronically connected networks of clinicians and health data.
BUSINESS INSIGHTS, PHARMACY MARKET
PCI Pharma Services | March 20, 2023
PCI Pharma Services (PCI), a leading global contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), announced plans for a new 200,000-square-foot facility in Rockford, Illinois to enhance the organization’s capacity in injectable drug-device combination product assembly of both biologics and small molecules. Building on PCI’s leadership in this space with its Philadelphia Biotech Center of Excellence, the new facility is the second expansion building off the success in Philadelphia and will house over 20 dedicated customer suites with multiformat machines for the assembly and packaging of vials, pre-filled syringes, auto-injectors, and pen-cartridge combinations. This machinery can be used for the glucagon-like peptide 1 agonists (GLP-1) class of drugs prescribed to treat diabetes and obesity, as well as those needed for oncology treatment and autoimmune diseases.
PCI’s Rockford location will have extensive product testing capability, state-of-the art top-load cartoning technology, and industry leading injector and pen assembly equipment. Additional capabilities include on-site cold storage, high-speed vial labeling, assembly, and packaging of multiformat autoinjectors, serialization, testing, and drug product release.
“We see the tremendous impact that we can make with patients with this investment,” said Salim Haffar, CEO of PCI Pharma Services. “The need for injectable drug-delivery device combination product capacity and expertise is critical, and we are responding with a world-class facility to address the future demands of our global clients so they can focus on developing therapies to improve the lives of patients with serious chronic conditions.”
The $50 million investment in Rockford will amplify PCI’s specialty drug leadership presence in the Midwest, adding to clinical and commercial sterile fill-finish capabilities in Madison, Wisconsin. The new facility will provide a second hub within the U.S., expanding from PCI’s foundation in the Northeast, with Bedford, New Hampshire’s campus growth in aseptic processing. PCI also has sterile fill-finish capabilities at its Leon, Spain; San Diego, California; and Melbourne, Australia locations. The expansion in Rockford is expected to bring 250 jobs to the region in the next two years, with continued growth over three to five years. The site is expected to be fully operational in summer 2024.
“With this new facility, we will be able to serve all clients focused on injectable drug products including biologics with the equipment and capacity to make life-changing medicines,” said Gil Valadez, Senior Vice President, Commercial Packaging Technology, PCI Pharma Services. “We want to help our clients by managing the technical aspects of drug manufacturing, engineering, and delivery, so they can focus on what’s most important: delivering quality products to meet patient needs. That's what PCI is ultimately all about.”
About the Rockford, IL Facility
Rockford is the largest of PCI’s 30 locations across the U.S., European, and Asia Pacific regions, providing industry-leading services for the clinical and commercial packaging of a diverse portfolio of products and specialized delivery forms destined to reach more than 100 countries across the world. The gated secured facility is classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as Schedule 3. It features temperature and humidity control, an approved Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) and offers TF1 and Uhlmann blistering, vibratory and slat filler bottling, powder filling, cartoning, carding, kitting and serialization capabilities. Warehouse storage includes freezer storage -15°C to -30°C and cold storage 2°C to 8°C.
About PCI Pharma Services
PCI is a leading global CDMO, providing clients with integrated end-to-end drug development, manufacturing and packaging capabilities that increase their products’ speed to market and opportunities for commercial success. PCI brings the proven experience that comes with more than 50 successful product launches each year and over five decades in the healthcare services business. We currently have 30 sites across seven countries (Australia, Canada, U.S., Ireland, Wales, Germany and Spain) and over 5,000 employees that work to bring life-changing therapies to patients. Leading technology and continued investment enable us to address global drug development needs throughout the entire product life cycle – from manufacturing capabilities through the clinical trial supply chain and into commercialization. Our clients view us as an extension of their business and a collaborative partner with the shared goal of improving patients’ lives.
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EVERSANA | February 24, 2023
On February 23, 2023, Xspray Pharma AB announced that it has signed an agreement with EVERSANA to aid the launch and commercialization of its innovative cancer therapy Dasynoc for treating chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and acute lymphatic leukemia (ALL) in the United States. Xspray Pharma will maintain financial and strategic control while granting EVERSANA exclusive commercialization access to support the second-half 2023 launch of Dasynoc. Dasynoc, if FDA approved, will be a new treatment option for CML and ALL patients that will enter the $3.5 billion commercial market for Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors in the United States.
Under the agreement, EVERSANA will provide Xspray with a dedicated commercialization team with expertise in the successful commercialization of cancer drugs, including TKI products, and offer support in areas such as agency services, market access, clinical and commercial field teams, patient services, medical science liaisons, and compliance. In addition, this agreement gives Xspray access to EVERSANA's experienced commercial leaders and enables a quick launch while optimizing the launch budget.
Dasynoc is expected to bring significant benefits to CML patients as it is bioequivalent to Sprycel® at a 30% lower dose with significantly better variability, enabling better precision and predictability of dosing. Dasynoc is granted ODD by FDA for the treatment of CML and ALL.
The product offers an important improvement for CML patients, as retrospective registry data presented at ASH 2022 show that patients on concomitant tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) and proton pump inhibitor (PPI) treatment (e.g., omeprazole) of 79% have low 5-year overall survival rates compared to 94% for patients on TKI only. Dasynoc uptake is unaffected by PPIs, hence offering an essential benefit to CML patients.
Xspray plans to launch the product in the second half of 2023, subject to FDA approval and ongoing litigation processes pertaining to patents for crystalline dasatinib forms that Xspray believes are not present in its product.
EVERSANA is a prominent global services provider to the life sciences industry, offering integrated solutions that focus on the patient experience and cover all stages of the product life cycle. The company aims to create long-term, sustainable value for patients, prescribers, channel partners, and payers. It works with over 670 organizations, including established pharmaceutical companies and start-ups, to advance life sciences solutions and contribute to creating a healthier world.