PORTLAND, Ore., March 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Galena Biopharma (Nasdaq:GALE), a biopharmaceutical company developing and commercializing innovative, targeted oncology treatments that address major unmet medical needs to advance cancer care, today announced the launch of Galena Patient Services (GPS), a full-service support program designed to enhance patient access to commercial products offered by the Company. Currently, Galena markets Abstral® (fentanyl) Sublingual Tablets for the treatment of breakthrough cancer pain. A dedicated GPS team works with the healthcare professionals, patients, and insurance providers to guide the benefits approval process and make prescribing and receiving Galena Biopharma commercial products as simple as possible. Enrollment in the GPS program is done quickly and easily through a patient's certified prescriber. An overview of the program can be found at www.galenapatientservices.com. Galena Patient Services will:
- Guide the benefits investigation and prior authorization process
- Help manage the appeals and denials process
- Locate the preferred pharmacy
- Execute the Patient Assistance Program (PAP) for patient reimbursement support
WARNING: RISK OF RESPIRATORY DEPRESSION, MEDICATION ERRORS, ABUSE POTENTIALRESPIRATORY DEPRESSION Fatal respiratory depression has occurred in patients treated with immediate-release transmucosal fentanyl, including following use in opioid non-tolerant patients and improper dosing. The substitution of ABSTRAL for any other fentanyl product may result in fatal overdose. Due to the risk of respiratory depression, ABSTRAL is contraindicated in the management of acute or postoperative pain including headache/migraine and in opioid non-tolerant patients ABSTRAL must be kept out of reach of children. The concomitant use of ABSTRAL with CYP3A4 inhibitors may result in an increase in fentanyl plasma concentrations, and may cause potentially fatal respiratory depression. MEDICATION ERRORS Substantial differences exist in the pharmacokinetic profile of ABSTRAL compared to other fentanyl products that result in clinically important differences in the extent of absorption of fentanyl that could result in fatal overdose.
- When prescribing, do not convert patients on a mcg per mcg basis from any other fentanyl products to ABSTRAL.
- When dispensing, do not substitute an ABSTRAL prescription for other fentanyl products.
About Galena BiopharmaGalena Biopharma, Inc. (Nasdaq:GALE) is a Portland, Oregon-based biopharmaceutical company developing and commercializing innovative, targeted oncology treatments that address major unmet medical needs to advance cancer care. For more information visit www.galenabiopharma.com. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the progress of the commercialization of Abstral® and development of Galena's product candidates, including patient enrollment in our clinical trials, as well as statements about our expectations, plans and prospects. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including those identified under "Risk Factors" in Galena's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 filed with the SEC. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by these forward-looking statements. Galena does not undertake to update any of these forward-looking statements to reflect a change in its views or events or circumstances that occur after the date of this press release.
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