Navigation Links
WellPoint's Health Plans to Cover Newly Approved Cancer Treatment
Date:3/24/2008

Cephalon's Treanda will be a covered benefit immediately upon its

availability to members with chronic lymphocytic leukemia

INDIANAPOLIS, March 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) announced today that effective immediately upon the drug's availability, its affiliate health plans which provide benefits for specialty drugs will provide coverage for Treanda. Specific benefit plans may have variable benefits levels for specialty medications.

WellPoint's affiliated health plans' decision to cover Treanda followed the Federal Drug Administration's decision to grant it orphan drug status for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. According to the National Cancer Institute, chronic lymphocytic leukemia is the second most common type of leukemia in adults, occurring most often during or after middle age.

"This medication can have a significant impact on our members with chronic lymphocytic leukemia," said Sam Nussbaum, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer for WellPoint, Inc. "Many of these members have received other treatment options without sustained success, the FDA's approval of this new treatment gives these members another chance to control their blood cancer."

WellPoint has a clinical guideline in place for "orphan" drug use. "Orphan" drugs refer to those medications that impact a relatively small percentage of the population, but may have a great impact on their overall health. WellPoint considers these drugs medically necessary when the drugs receive FDA marketing approval and the approval is made publicly available.

About WellPoint, Inc.

WellPoint, Inc. is the largest health benefits company in terms of medical membership in the United States. WellPoint is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and serves its members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and as Empire Blue Cross or Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the city of Fairfax, the town of Vienna and the area east of State Route 123.), Wisconsin; and through UniCare. Additional information about WellPoint is available at http://www.wellpoint.com.


'/>"/>
SOURCE WellPoint, Inc.
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Watch Your Mouth: Michigan Association of Endodontists Offers Four Part Series on Keeping Your Teeth Healthy
2. Taste of Home Magazine Launches Healthy Cooking
3. DNV Healthcare Advances in Bid to Accredit Hospitals
4. Reducing Cost of Health Care by Addressing Workers Compensation Costs
5. HealthMEDX Partners With Silverchair Learning Systems
6. AUDIO from Medialink and UnitedHealthcare: Medicare Open Enrollment Ends March 31
7. ClearScript Offers Innovative Medication Therapy Management Program to Employee Health Plans
8. RxElite Awarded Anesthetic Gases Multi-Source Contract by Premier Inc., a Purchasing Network for More than 1,500 U.S. Hospitals and 49,000 Other Healthcare Sites
9. Commissions Revenue Cap Proposal Would Require Cuts in Education, Health, and Safety, and Harm Business Climate
10. MEDai Assists Healthcare Organizations Demonstrate the Value of Predictive Modeling
11. An Intimate Discussion on Health Care for Men
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/4/2016)... Ventura, CA (PRWEB) , ... May 04, 2016 , ... ... cutting-edge technology to help restore its patients’ health, is hosting a free seminar on ... and will be held at Advanced Spine & Sport, 4601 Telephone Road, Suite 110, ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... , ... May 04, 2016 ... ... compression and support for knees, ankles, and elbows. Engineered with athletes in ... 3D flat-bed manufacturing (opposed to ineffective circular knitting, common in the industry) ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 – (PRWEB) May ... and child products, today revealed the non-toxic benefits of its Tutti ... deal with teething pain is just part of the story. These ... are BPA-, PVC-, and phthalate-free. , “Many baby toys contain ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... With the stamp of approval from the United ... as National Cancer Research Month. According to the American Cancer Society (2016) , ... of one in four Americans dying as a result. , With numbers as influential ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... Over 40 athletic trainer’s (ATs) and ... capitol for the annual “Hike to Harrisburg” advocacy day. The annual lobbying effort ... PATS lobby Group. The goal for the day was to educate the elected ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/4/2016)... , May 4, 2016 ... Jerusalem announced today that it had signed an ... Inc. , developer of novel protein degradation and immunomodulatory ... and commercialization of drug candidates representing first-in-class therapy for ... were not disclosed. The novel technology was ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... , May 4, 2016 ... addition of the  "Global Acute Ischemic Stroke ...  report to their offering.       ... Global Acute Ischemic Stroke Market and ... into Acute Ischemic Stroke pipeline products, Acute ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... 4, 2016 Global Insulin ... profiling 09 key companies and supported with 272 ... in-depth study on the current state of the ... the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry ... provided for the international market including development history, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: