FRISCO, Texas, Feb. 9 -- AmerisourceBergen, a provider of pharmaceutical products, issued the following news release:
AmerisourceBergen, a global healthcare solutions leader, today announced that US Bioservices, an independent specialty pharmacy, has been selected by Emmaus Medical, Inc. as the specialty pharmacy for EndariTM (L-glutamine oral powder), for the treatment of patients with sickle cell disease.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Endari on July 7, 2017 for adult and pediatric patients 5 years of age and older to reduce the acute complications of sickle cell disease. Endari is the first approved treatment for sickle cell disease in pediatric patients and the first new treatment available in nearly 20 years for adults.
As part of this partnership, Emmaus will leverage the breadth of AmerisourceBergen's integrated commercialization solutions to support adherence and realize the best possible outcomes for patients. In addition to utilizing the comprehensive clinical services of US Bioservices, Emmaus will also collaborate with AmerisourceBergen's ASD Healthcare and ICS. ASD Healthcare will serve as the specialty distributor for Endari and ICS will develop and execute personalized third-party logistics services for the product. The collaboration and integration of these core processes benefits both the manufacturer and the patient.
"We aim to improve the lives of people through the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative treatments and therapies for rare and orphan diseases," said Yutaka Niihara, MD, CEO of Emmaus Medical, Inc. "The launch of Endari is an example of our mission in action, and we are extremely grateful to bring the first treatment for patients with sickle cell disease in two decades to market."
AmerisourceBergen is committed to ensuring treatment reaches those who need it most. AmerisourceBergen's commercialization experts have deep industry knowledge and years of experience supporting partners through launch and throughout the product lifecycle. The company's commercialization experts partner with manufacturers to design an integrated solution around individual products and the unique needs of patients, providing end-to-end support for each step of the product and patient journey.
"We know that bringing rare and orphan products to market is a remarkable responsibility, and supporting a patient population that requires high-touch adherence services requires superior planning, collaboration and execution," said Peyton Howell, President and EVP of Health Systems & Specialty Care Solutions at AmerisourceBergen. "Businesses like US Bioservices, ASD Healthcare and ICS offer unmatched history and experience in the rare and orphan space. We remain strongly committed to supporting patients, providers and manufacturers as these promising therapies come to market."
With the addition of Endari, US Bioservices strengthens its already robust offerings for patients facing rare and orphan diseases. US Bioservices has years of experience helping small patient populations maximize engagement and the benefits of therapies. The specialty pharmacy also helps manufacturers navigate the unique commercialization challenges for rare and orphan products and develop high-touch solutions that improve patient access, adherence and outcomes. US Bioservices provides clinical care that is specific to patient needs, conditions and therapies.
As an independent specialty pharmacy, US Bioservices is committed to being a premier partner on programs that support small and underserved patient populations. The specialty pharmacy's multidisciplinary teams are organized to develop long-standing, collaborative relationships with physicians and specialists, resulting in more integrated care for patients and caregivers.
Endari is only available from US Bioservices, in-office dispensing practices, and hospitals. Physicians may submit prescriptions to US Bioservices via phone (833-831-1166), fax (844-773-1423), ePrescribe or the MyPathpoint Prescriber Portal.
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