BUSINESS INSIGHTS, PHARMACY MARKET
DirectRx Pharmacy | February 15, 2023
On February 14, 2023, DirectRx, a leading national specialty pharmacy committed to serving individual patients with chronic and complex health needs, announced the launch of a new website and a suite of team member training programs.
The new website emphasizes the company's dedication to working with patients and prescribers to provide the best possible care. The training programs are designed to assist team members in developing professionally.
The DirectRx website emphasizes the company's concern for patients and dedication to collaborating with doctors to offer the highest quality care. The new additions to the website consist of a Prescribers tab highlighting the key ways in which DirectRx collaborates with its prescriber partners; a manufacturers tab highlighting the company's "industry best" time-to-fill, adherence and conversion rates; and an interactive Careers tab to help grow the DirectRx team.
Additionally, DirectRx has launched new training and development programs for team members to help them improve their skill set and stay with the firm longer. The new programs include pharmacy technicians in training, account managers in training and regional patient care coordinators in training. The specialty pharmacy is also expanding its managerial positions, including a customer service manager role and others.
DirectRx's Director, Alban Ivezaj, commented, "We're very excited to launch our new website as we feel it better captures our commitment to compassionate patient care and the best-in-class services we offer to our provider partners." He added, "As a result of that commitment, DirectRx has experienced significant growth across all regions of the U.S. - including servicing all 50 states and a 26 percent increase in the number of patients we serviced in 2022."
(Source – Globe Newswire)
About DirectRx Pharmacy
Founded in 1985, DirectRx is an independent pharmacy committed to providing patients with exceptional, individualized pharmaceutical care. With the belief that communication and teamwork are crucial to achieving good treatment outcomes, the physician, patient, and pharmacist form a circle of integrated services and coordinated care, so there are no gaps in patient care between physician and pharmacist. It stands apart from the competition due to its concern and commitment to providing unmatched customer service. The company is accredited by ACHC, NABP, WBENC and URAC. Since its establishment over three decades ago, the company has expanded to 49 states.
BUSINESS INSIGHTS, PHARMACY MARKET
Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. | January 31, 2023
On January 30, 2023, Xeris Biopharma Holdings, Inc., a leading biopharmaceutical company, announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted orphan-drug exclusivity (ODE) to its subsidiary Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for Recorlev® (levoketoconazole) a cortisol synthesis inhibitor for the treatment of endogenous Cushing's syndrome in adult patients for whom surgery is not viable or has not been effective.
levoketoconazole (Recorlev) being the first FDA-approved therapeutic for the treatment of endogenous hypercortisolemia, Xeris Pharmaceutical is permitted to have seven years of orphan-drug market exclusivity beginning from December 30, 2021. The FDA's Orphan Drug Designation program intends to accelerate the development of medications that treat a disease that affects 200,000 or fewer people in the United States each year. This regulatory exclusivity with the patent exclusivity under Xeris' U.S. patents for Recorlev is valid until at least March 2040.
To serve and assist this community, Xeris is dedicated to ensuring that everyone who needs access to their medications receives them. Xeris has developed Xeris CareConnection™ to provide patients and caregivers with a comprehensive program that includes financial support, one-on-one assistance, and educational materials throughout the treatment journey. Additionally, Xeris CareConnection assists healthcare providers and their teams with education on access and reimbursement.
About Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Founded in 2005, Xeris is a growth-oriented biopharmaceutical firm dedicated to improving patients' lives via the development and commercialization of novel products in a range of therapies. Its unique technology makes medicines easier to use for patients & caregivers. The company has three commercially available products; Gvoke®, a ready-to-use liquid glucagon for treating severe hypoglycemia (very low blood sugar); Keveyis®, the first and only FDA-approved therapy for primary periodic paralysis; and Recorlev® for the treatment of endogenous hypercortisolemia. In addition, it has an increasingly broad pipeline of research and partnered projects utilizing its unique formulation technology platforms, XeriSol™ and XeriJect™, bringing forward innovative products for the firm and its partners.
BUSINESS INSIGHTS, PHARMA TECH
EyePoint Pharmaceuticals | February 28, 2023
On February 27, 2023, EyePoint Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leading pharmaceutical firm committed to the development and commercialization of therapeutics to help improve the lives of patients with severe eye disorders and Rallybio Corporation, a clinical-stage biotechnology company dedicated to identifying and accelerating the development of life-transforming therapeutics for patients with severe and rare diseases, announced a research collaboration to explore the sustained delivery of Rallybio's complement component 5 (C5) inhibitor for the treatment of geographic atrophy, an advanced form of age-related macular degeneration that can cause irreversible vision loss. The research will use EyePoint's proprietary Durasert® technology, which is designed for sustained intraocular drug delivery.
Approximately one million individuals in the United States suffer from geographic atrophy, which is characterized by atrophic lesions in the central region of the macula. Geographic atrophy can cause irreversible vision loss and can lead to legal blindness. Currently, geographic atrophy treatments are limited in choice and duration of action, leaving a significant unmet need for safe and effective treatment options.
Under the terms of the research partnership, EyePoint and Rallybio will assess and explore the viability of utilizing Rallybio's C5 inhibitor in EyePoint's Durasert technology, with the intention to increase the collaboration upon mutual agreement following the evaluation.
EyePoint Pharmaceuticals' M.D., President and Chief Operating Officer Jay Duker commented, "We are excited to begin this research collaboration to explore the combination of Rallybio's C5 inhibitor with our bioerodible Durasert sustained release drug delivery technology to develop a potential long-acting treatment for geographic atrophy," He further emphasized, "Geographic atrophy associated with dry macular degeneration is a devastating eye disease, and the inhibition of complement is a proven treatment pathway. We hope to leverage our Durasert technology in this collaboration to create a potential best-in-class, long-acting intravitreal insert, which we believe could provide a more desirable option for patients given that the existing approved therapy is injected every one to two months."
(Source – Business Wire)
About EyePoint Pharmaceuticals
EyePoint Pharmaceuticals is a leading pharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes therapeutic products to help patients suffering from serious eye disorders. Headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts, it is committed to using its innovative drug delivery platform to improve patients' quality of life. The company's pipeline utilizes its proprietary Durasert technology, which enables sustained intraocular drug delivery. Its current pipeline includes EYP-1901, a potential six-month intravitreal anti-VEGF treatment aimed at treating wet age-related macular degeneration. Durasert technology has been successfully used across four FDA-approved products, including YUTIQ®, which treats chronic non-infectious uveitis affecting the posterior segment of the eye.