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  • FDA Grants Accelerated Approval to Zanubrutinib for R/R MZL

    On September 15, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to zanubrutinib for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory (R/R) marginal zone lymphoma (MZL) who have received at least one anti-CD20-based regimen.

    Read BeiGene's announcement.

    Posted 9/15/2021



  • FDA Approves Zanubrutinib for Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia

    On August 31, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved zanubrutinib for adult patients with Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia.

    Read the FDA announcement.

    Read BeiGene's announcement.

    Posted 9/7/2021



  • FDA Approves Updated Pembrolizumab Indication for UC

    On August 31, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a label update to pembrolizumab for first-line advanced urothelial carcinoma (UC). This approval converts the accelerated approval of pembrolizumab to a regular approval.

    Read Merck's announcement.

    Posted 9/1/2021


  • New Permanent J-Code for Melphalan Flufenamide

    Oncopeptides announces J-code J9247 for Pepaxto® (melphalan flufenamide) injection, 1mg. This J-code will be effective on October 1, 2021.



  • FDA Approves Nivolumab for High-Risk Urothelial Carcinoma

    On August 19, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved nivolumab—240 mg every two weeks or 480 mg every four weeks—for the adjuvant treatment of patients with urothelial carcinoma who are at high risk of recurrence after undergoing radical resection, regardless of prior neoadjuvant chemotherapy, nodal involvement, or programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) status.

    Read the FDA announcement.

    Posted 8/20/2021



  • FDA Approves Belzutifan for von Hippel-Lindau Disease-Associted Tumors

    On August 13, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved belzutifan, a hypoxia-inducible factor inhibitor, for adult patients with von Hippel-Lindau disease who require therapy for associated renal cell carcinoma, central nervous system hemangioblastomas, or pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, not requiring immediate surgery.

    Read the FDA announcement.

    Read the Merck announcement.

    Posted 8/16/2021



  • FDA Approves Levnatinib + Pembrolizumab for Advanced RCC

    On August 10, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the combination of lenvatinib plus pembrolizumab for first-line treatment of adult patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC).

    Read the FDA announcement.

    Read the Eisai announcement.

    Posted 8/16/2021



  • FDA Approves Pembrolizumab for High-Risk, Early-Stage TNBC

    On July 27, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved pembrolizumab for the treatment of patients with high-risk, early-stage triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) in combination with chemotherapy as neoadjuvant treatment and then continued as a single agent as adjuvant treatment after surgery.

    Read Merck's announcement.

    Posted 7/27/2021



  • FDA Approves Pembrolizumab + Lenvatinib for Advanced Endometrial Cancer

    On July 22, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the combination of pembrolizumab plus lenvatinib for the treatment of patients with advanced endometrial carcinoma that is not microsatellite instability-high or mismatch repair deficient, who have disease progression following prior systemic therapy in any setting and who are not candidates for curative surgery or radiation. 

    Read the FDA announcement.

    Read the Merck announcement.

    Read the Eisai Inc. announcement

    Posted 7/22/2021



  • FDA Approves Expanded Indication for Pembrolizumab for cSCC

    On July 6, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an expanded label for pembrolizumab as a monotherapy treatment for patients with locally advanced cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) that is not curable by surgery or radiation.

    Read Merck's announcement.

    Posted 7/6/2021


  • Updated Data for Durvalumab

    Durvalumab (Imfinzi®, AstraZeneca) offers the best chance for long-term survival in a curative intent setting. This update comes after the post-hoc analysis of 5-year overall and progression-free survival data had been released for the PACIFIC trial, a large, Phase III, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter study of 713 patients with unresectable Stage III NSCLC. The primary overall survival analysis was reported at 2 years (25.2 months median follow-up). For more information, click here

    Posted 6/10/2021



  • FDA Approves Sotorasib for KRAS G12C-Mutated NSCLC

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved sotorasib (LUMAKRASTM, Amgen) for the treatment of adult patients with KRAS G12C-mutated locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), as determined by an FDA-approved test, who have received at least one prior systemic therapy. Sotorasib has received accelerated approval based on overall response rate and duration of response. Continued approval for this indication may be contingent upon verification and description of clinical benefit in a confirmatory trial(s).

    Read press release.

    Posted on 6/1/2021



  • FDA Approves Nivolumab for Completely Resected Esophageal or GEJ Cancer

    On May 20, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved nivolumab for patients with completely resected esophageal or gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) cancer with residual pathologic disease who have received neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy.

    Read the FDA announcement.

    Read the Bristol Myers Squibb announcement.

    Posted 5/21/2021



  • Positive Phase 3 Cemiplimab Results in Advanced Cervical Cancer

    On Wednesday, May 12, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sanofi announced the presentation of positive results from the Phase 3 trial investigating the PD-1 inhibitor cemiplimab (Libtayo®) in patients with recurrent or metastatic cervical cancer who had previously progressed on chemotherapy.

    The data were shared as part of a European Society for Medical Oncology Virtual Plenary and add to previously reported data showing an improvement in overall survival (OS) with Libtayo compared to chemotherapy. The data will form the basis of regulatory submissions in 2021.

    Read the press release.

    Posted on 5/12/2021



  • FDA Approves Pembrolizumab for Esophageal or GEJ Carcinoma

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved pembrolizumab (Keytruda®, Merck) for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic esophageal or gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) (tumors with epicenter 1 to 5 centimeters above the GEJ) carcinoma that is not amenable to surgical resection or definitive chemoradiation in combination with platinum- and fluoropyrimidine-based chemotherapy.

    Read the prescribing information and medication guide.

    Posted on 4/30/2021



  • FDA Approves Nivolumab in Combination with Chemotherapy for Three Indications

    On April 16, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved nivolumab in combination with certain types of chemotherapy for the initial treatment of patients with advanced or metastatic gastric cancer, gastroesophageal junction cancer, and esophageal adenocarcinoma. This is the first FDA-approved immunotherapy for the first-line treatment of gastric cancer.

    Read the FDA announcement.

    Read the BMS announcement.

    Posted 4/16/2021



  • FDA Approves Isatuximab in Combination for R/R Multiple Myeloma

    On March 31, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved isatuximab in combination with carfilzomib and dexamethasone for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory (R/R) multiple myeloma who have received one to three prior lines of therapy.

    Read the FDA announcement.

    Read the Sanofi announcement.

    Posted 4/1/2021



  • FDA Approves Idecabtagene Vicleucel for R/R Multiple Myeloma

    On March 26, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved idecabtagene vicleucel as the first B-cell maturation antigen directed chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell immunotherapy for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory (R/R) multiple myeloma after four or more prior lines of therapy, including an immunomodulatory agent, a proteasome inhibitor, and an anti-CD38 monoclonal antibody.

    Read the FDA announcement.

    Read the Bristol Myers Squibb announcement.

    Read the bluebird bio, Inc. announcement.

    Posted 3/29/21



  • FDA Approves Trastuzumab-qyyp Biosimilar

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the 150 mg single-dose vial of trastuzumab-qyyp (Trazimera®, Pfizer)—a biosimilar to Herceptin® (trastuzumab).

    Read the full prescribing information.

    Posted on 3/11/2021



  • FDA Approves Bevacizumab-bvzr for New Indication

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the inclusion of epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, and primary peritoneal cancer to the indications of bevacizumab-bvzr (Zirabev®, Pfizer). 

    Read the full prescribing information.

    Posted on 3/11/2021




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