Diplomat Selected to Dispense KITABIS™ PAK for Cystic Fibrosis
FLINT, Mich. – March 17, 2015 – As part of a limited panel, the nation’s largest independent specialty pharmacy will offer PARI’s cystic fibrosis treatment, a 28-day supply of Tobramycin Inhalation Solution together with a PARI LC PLUS® nebulizer handset.
Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) announced its selection today to the limited-distribution panel for PARI’s KITABIS™ PAK, recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for patients with cystic fibrosis.
Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening disease that affects nearly 30,000 American patients. The condition involves a genetic mutation that produces abnormally thick mucus in the lungs, which can often result in respiratory infection. KITABIS™ PAK is used to treat patients age 6 and older with cystic fibrosis who have a bacterial infection called Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
KITABIS™ PAK is an FDA-approved drug-and-device combination for cystic fibrosis, and the first to use nebulized tobramycin, an inhalable antibiotic. A prescription for KITABIS™ PAK includes the medication and the nebulizer handset, PARI LC PLUS®.
“This unique offering can simplify the process for prescribers and patients facing cystic fibrosis,” said Gary Kadlec, president of Diplomat. “Now, physicians can write a single prescription and be sure their patients are receiving their treatments with the nebulizer handset used during the pivotal clinical trials. We’re excited to be able to offer it, for improved access, adherence and efficacy.”
KITABIS™ PAK is distributed by PARI Respiratory Equipment Inc. Full prescribing information is available at http://kitabis.com/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/Kitabis-Pak-Full-Prescribing-Information.pdf
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Diplomat (NYSE: DPLO) serves patients and physicians in all 50 states. Headquartered in Flint, Michigan, the company focuses on medication management programs for people with complex chronic diseases, including oncology, immunology, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, HIV, specialized infusion therapy and many other serious or long-term conditions. Diplomat opened its doors in 1975 as a neighborhood pharmacy with one essential tenet: “Take good care of patients, and the rest falls into place.” Today, that tradition continues—always focused on improving patient care and clinical adherence. For more information visit www.diplomat.is.
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