Karmanos Cancer Institute | October 05, 2021
The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and KSP Specialty Pharmacy (KSP) are pleased to announce the launch of new services and a new website: www.ksppharmacy.org. The new site features provider resources and information for payers and pharmaceutical companies. Most notably, the site includes an online portal where patients can refill their prescriptions. This tool also allows patients to see their list of medications, get reminders and interact with their pharmacist. A portal for patient education and tips is forthcoming. Additionally, KSP has begun offering non-oncology specialty drugs to serve providers and patients throughout the McLaren Health Care network.
KSP is a specialty pharmacy within the McLaren Health Care Network, serving the needs of patients with complex disease states and high-cost therapeutic treatments. KSP began as an extension of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in 2019 and has since grown to assist with specialty medication needs of patients throughout the McLaren system in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.
Additionally, the Karmanos ambulatory pharmacy, which provides non-specialty medication, has launched a portal with similar functionality. Those undergoing cancer treatment at Karmanos can now access their prescription information and request refills on the Karmanos pharmacy web page.
We are continually striving to provide our patients with tools and convenience to help them understand their treatment. The new website and app will provide the outstanding service we offer over the phone and in person on a new, convenient platform,
- Stephen Smith, RPh, MS, FASHP, Chief Pharmacy Officer.
KSP provides patient care and customer service through a panel of expert clinical pharmacy specialists that can assist in drug education and management of not only a patient's specialty prescriptions, but their entire prescription portfolio. The pharmacy team has direct access to the patient's medical records and providers to ensure the time to delivery of the first dose is swift. In fact, the average rate to the first dose at KSP during fiscal year 2021 is 3.92 days, while the industry standard is more than ten days. A primary goal is to ensure that our in-house social worker and account resolution team find unique programs to allow patients access to high-cost medications without being financially burdened. This allows patients to stay adherent and compliant with their prescribed therapies and start a path to faster healing and recovery.
Specialty medications are used to treat complex health conditions that include hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, organ transplant, migraines and others. KSP Specialty Pharmacy's expanded services include the ability to dispense medications for patients within the McLaren Health System who face these disease states. These medications may need to be administered by a health care professional, self-injected or taken by mouth, which may require clinical monitoring. Specialty medications often require special handling, delivery and storage requirements.
KSP is accredited by the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC) and the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC). URAC designation was earned in 2020 and allows for the provision of agents in other specialized areas, such as HIV, gastroenterology, neurology and many others.
About the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
Karmanos Cancer Institute is a leader in transformative cancer care, research and education through courage, commitment and compassion. Our vision is a world free of cancer. As part of McLaren Health Care, Karmanos is the largest provider of cancer care and research in the state of Michigan. For more than 75 years, our administrative and research headquarters, along with our premier specialty cancer hospital, have been located in downtown Detroit. Our 15 network sites throughout the state deliver market-leading cancer care and clinical trials conveniently to the communities where many of our patients live. Karmanos is recognized by the National Cancer Institute as one of the best cancer centers in the nation. Our academic partnership with the Wayne State University School of Medicine provides the framework for cancer research and education – defining new standards of care and improving survivorship.
Rhythm | December 01, 2020
Stoutness is a significant issue around the world, in any case, for a small amount of patients, hereditary changes instead of propensities are driving the sickness. With its new FDA endorsement for Imcivree, Rhythm Pharmaceuticals is venturing out treating those cases.
For a subset of heftiness patients, hereditary transformations leave them with an "voracious appetite," Rhythm CEO David Meeker, M.D., said in a meeting. Beginning stage hereditary illnesses can leave patients incapable to control corpulence with diet and exercise, and, presently, Rhythm has scored the main FDA endorsement for a focused on medication pointed toward treating them.
Imcivree, once known as setmelanotide, scored a FDA gesture to treat patients who have varieties of the POMC, PCSK1 or LEPR qualities. The medication focuses on the MC4R pathway answerable for directing yearning, and the three qualities remembered for the underlying endorsement are only an initial step, Meeker said. The organization built up a test that takes a gander at around 100 hereditary transformations, and it's trying the medication in other hereditary changes with eyes on expected endorsements down the line.
With obesity, “you can see the forest,” Meeker said, because the problem is everywhere. The challenge is finding patients who could have an underlying genetic mutations causing excessive hunger, he said, noting that “testing becomes key.”
Most people, and most doctors, still think of obesity as a “calories in, calories out,” problem, said Michael Dedekian, medical director of pediatric specialty care at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Maine. Very quickly, though, the medical community’s understanding of obesity is deepening, he said. And, as that’s happening, it’s becoming clear that genetic defects can “wildly disregulate” patients’ hunger.
With the approval and new knowledge about genetic defects, Dedekian believes the medical community is entering a “whole new era of obesity treatment." Over time, he has no doubt awareness of the genetic mutations driving some cases will increase. When abnormal hunger presents itself in young children, doctors should strongly consider a genetic test, Dedekian said.
Rhythm isn’t planning to deploy a sales force for its initial genetic mutations and will instead focus on “intensive efforts” around disease education and making its test more available, Meeker said. When doctors are confronted with a patient with abnormal hunger, they should be “thinking deep” about the cause, he added.
Venturebeat | September 17, 2020
Last June, 10 major pharmaceutical companies — Amgen, Astellas, AstraZeneca, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, GSK, Institut De Recherches Servier, Janssen, Merck, and Novartis — inked an agreement to build a shared platform called MELLODDY (Machine Learning Ledger Orchestration for Drug Discovery). In partnership with Nvidia, Owkin, and other tech partners, the group sought to leverage techniques like federated learning to collectively train AI on datasets without having to share any proprietary data.