Siemens’ PETNET Solutions to Provide PET Radiopharmaceutical Services for The US Oncology Network
Sep 18, 2013
Three-year agreement also extends to community practices engaged in McKesson Specialty Health’s Onmark Select Program
Siemens’ PETNET Solutions has announced a three-year agreement with The US Oncology Network to supply its entire portfolio of Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved PET radiopharmaceutical agents at each of PETNET Solutions’ current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)-certified locations throughout the United States. The US Oncology Network is one of the nation’s largest networks of community-based oncology physicians, conducting roughly 60,000 positron emission tomography (PET) scans annually. This agreement also extends to community practices engaged in McKesson Specialty Health’s Onmark Select Program. Under the agreement, Siemens’ PETNET Solutions also will provide The US Oncology Network-affiliated practices and Onmark Select Practices with its comprehensive portfolio of products and services to expand patient access to premium PET imaging services. This agreement demonstrates Siemens’ competitiveness – a key component of the Healthcare Sector’s Agenda 2013 two-year global initiative.
Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, with an estimated 2 million new cases diagnosed in the United States alone in 2012.¹ PET/CT imaging also plays a major role in the evaluation and treatment monitoring of cancer patients. The high contrast and sharp delineation of molecular resolution made possible through PET imaging is vital for tumor identification and treatment, enabling physicians to determine whether cancer is present, whether it has metastasized, and whether treatment is effective. Because PET imaging measures molecular activity, it can accurately characterize a tumor’s malignant or benign state as well as confirm metastasis – enabling proper staging and facilitating suitable treatment protocols.
As the nation’s largest commercial manufacturer and distributor of high-quality PET radiopharmaceuticals for oncology, cardiology, and neurology, Siemens’ PETNET Solutions provides patient access to radiopharmaceuticals for the evaluation of cancer through PET. McKesson Specialty Health and Siemens’ PETNET Solutions share a common vision of expanding patient access to PET imaging services for cancer patients.
“Siemens’ PETNET Solutions is pleased to announce its agreement to provide PET radiopharmaceuticals to community oncology practices affiliated with The US Oncology Network and McKesson Specialty Health’s Onmark Select Program,” says Dr. Christoph Zindel, CEO of Siemens’ PETNET Solutions. “This agreement will help bring the quality cancer services typically found in academic medical centers to patients in a community setting.”
“A top priority for us at McKesson Specialty Health is to empower community practices to advance the science, technology, and quality of patient care in a cost-effective manner,” said Michael Lafont, vice president, Radiation & Imaging, McKesson Specialty Health. “This collaboration with Siemens’ PETNET Solutions is one more way we are achieving this crucial goal.”
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Launched in November 2011, Agenda 2013 is the initiative of the Siemens Healthcare Sector to further strengthen its innovative power and competitiveness. Specific measures, which will be implemented by the end of 2013, have been defined in four fields of action: innovation, competitiveness, regional footprint, and people development.
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The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2012 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 13.6 billion euros and profit of around 1.8 billion euros. For further information please visit: www.siemens.com/healthcare.
About The US Oncology Network
The US Oncology Network is one of the nation’s largest networks of integrated, community-based oncology practices dedicated to advancing high-quality, evidence-based cancer care. A physician-led organization, The US Oncology Network unites like-minded physicians and clinicians around a common vision of improving patient outcomes and quality of life. Leveraging healthcare information technology, shared best practices, evidence-based guidelines and quality measurements, physicians within The US Oncology Network are pioneering new ways to achieve this vision. The US Oncology Network is committed to strengthening patient access to integrated care in local communities across the nation, including collaboration with a variety of payers, hospitals and academic institutions. The US Oncology Network is supported by McKesson Specialty Health, a division of McKesson Corporation focused on empowering a vibrant and sustainable community patient care delivery system. For more information, visit www.usoncology.com.
About McKesson Specialty Health
McKesson Specialty Health, a division of McKesson Corporation, empowers the community patient care delivery system by helping community practices advance the science, technology and quality of care. Through innovative clinical, research, business and operational solutions, facilitated by integrated technology systems, we focus on improving the financial health of our customers so they may provide the best care to their patients. For more information, visit www.mckessonspecialtyhealth.com.
1Cancer Facts and Figures – American Cancer Society