CMS received informal inquiries for a national coverage determination (NCD) for autologous cellular immunotherapy treatment of prostate cancer. This interest arose upon the recent FDA approval of the Sipuleucel T treatment regimen, marketed as Provenge®.
As described on the FDA website at http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/CellularGeneTherapyProducts/ApprovedProducts/ucm213559.htm, "PROVENGE® (Sipuleucel T, APC8015) is an autologous cellular immunotherapy product consisting of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) obtained from patients by leukapheresis and activated in vitro with a recombinant fusion protein (prostatic acid phosphatase fused with GM-CSF)…FDA will require the sponsor to complete a post marketing study to evaluate the risk of stroke in patients who receive sipuleucel-T."
Provenge® has FDA approved labeling for the treatment of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic metastatic castrate resistant (hormone refractory) prostate cancer.
We are opening this national coverage analysis to determine whether or not autologous cellular immunotherapy is reasonable and necessary under sections 1862(a)(1)(A) and/or 1862(a)(1)(E) of the Social Security Act.
CMS opens this NCA for autologous cellular immunotherapy treatment of prostate cancer. CMS is requesting public comments on the evidence regarding the effects of this treatment on health outcomes in patients with prostate cancer. The initial 30-day public comment period begins with this posting date, and ends after 30 calendar days. CMS considers all public comments, and is particularly interested in clinical studies and other scientific information relevant to the subject under review.
CMS is commissioning a technology assessment from an external entity and plans to convene a meeting of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) in 2010.
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