Drug Therapy cemiplimab (Libtayo)
cemiplimab (Libtayo) is an anti-pd1 immunotherapy indicated for the treatment of patients with metastatic cSCC or locally advanced cSCC who are not candidates for curative surgery or curative radiation. This drug is an immune checkpoint inhibitor that targets PD-1, a protein on immune system cells (called T cells), that normally helps keep these cells from attacking other cells in the body. By blocking PD-1, this drug boosts the immune response restoring antitumor activity. cemiplimab (Libtayo) is given as an intravenous (IV) infusion.
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The most common adverse reactions from this drug include fatigue, rash, and diarrhea. It’s very important to report any new side effects during or after treatment to your health care team promptly.
Provincial Funding Summary
Libtayo™ (cemiplimab) Receives Positive Recommendation from the pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review Expert Review Committee for the Treatment of Metastatic Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma.
Visit CADTH The pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review (pCODR) reivew status for Libtayo. CADTH is an evidence-based, cancer drug review process. The pCODR process is designed to bring consistency and clarity to the assessment of cancer drugs by reviewing clinical evidence, cost-effectiveness, and patient perspectives, and using this information to make recommendations to Canada’s provinces and territories (except Quebec) in guiding their drug funding decisions.
In The News
Sanofi Canada, Feb. 3, 2021
Libtayo is now publicly covered in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Manitoba (ON, BC, QC, SK and MB). for patients with Metastatic Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma (cSCC).
Sanofi Canada, December 16, 2020
Libtayo is now publicly covered in Quebec for patients with Metastatic Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma (cSCC).
Sanofi Canada, December 2, 2020
Libtayo is now publicly covered in Manitoba and in Saskatchewan for patients with Metastatic Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma (cSCC).
Sanofi Canada. October 14, 2020
Great news for cSCC Patients. As negotiations are progressing with jurisdictions to obtain public funding, Sanofi Canada will continue their Physician Experience Program (PEP) for 6 additional months to ensure that patients continue to have access to LIBTAYO. Physicians can continue to enroll eligible patients with advanced cSCC into our REACH PSP program.
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