Industry News Archive

  • FDA Issues EUA for Casirivamab + Imdevimab Antibodies to Treat COVID-19

    On November 21, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its second emergency use authorization (EUA) for monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID-19. Under the EUA, casirivamab and imdevimab must be administered together by intravenous use for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients who:

    • Are 12-years-old or older

    • Weigh at least 40 kilograms (about 88 pounds)

    • Have positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testing

    • Are at risk for progressing to severe COVID-19*.

    *This includes those who are 65 years of age or older or who have certain chronic medical conditions.

    When administered together in patients with COVID-19 via clinical trial, casirivamab and imdevimab reduced COVID-19-related hospitalization or emergency room visits in patients at high risk for disease progression within 28 days after treatment when compared to placebo. A benefit has not been shown in patients hospitalized due to COVID-19. The safety and effectiveness of this investigational therapy for use in the treatment of COVID-19 continues to be evaluated.

    Read the FDA announcement.

    Posted 11/23/2020

  • Pfizer + BioNTech Announce EUA Request to FDA for COVID-19 Vaccine

    On November 20, 2020, Pfizer and BioNTech announced that they have submitted a request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an emergency use authorization (EUA) for BNT162b2, the companies’ COVID-19 mRNA vaccine candidate. If approved, some Americans could receive the vaccine as early as mid-December. 

    Through an accelerated clinical trial process, the potential vaccine demonstrated a 95 percent efficacy rate with no serious safety concerns to date. The companies expect to produce up to 50 million doses globally in 2020 and up to 1.3 billion by the end of 2021. 

    The companies have also initiated rolling submissions with regulatory agencies around the world. Upon authorization, the companies state that they will be ready to distribute the vaccine within hours. 

    Read Pfizer's announcement. Find out more about Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate from AP NewsNew York Times, and Washington Post

    Posted 11/20/2020

  • CMS to Release Permanent J-Code for Phesgo™ Injection

    Pertuzumab, trastuzumab, and hyaluronidase-zzxf (Phesgo™, Genentech) injection for subcutaneous use will be issued a permanent J-Code that can be used starting January 1, 2021.

    This single code (J9316) is to be used for all PHESGO patients and dosage strengths. 


    Early Breast Cancer 
    Phesgo™ (pertuzumab, trastuzumab, and hyaluronidase-zzxf) is indicated for use in combination with chemotherapy for

    • The neoadjuvant treatment of adult patients with HER2-positive, locally advanced, inflammatory, or early stage breast cancer (either greater than 2 cm in diameter or node-positive) as part of a complete treatment regimen for early breast cancer (EBC); and

    • The adjuvant treatment of adult patients with HER2-positive early breast cancer (EBC) at high risk of recurrence.

    Select patients for therapy based on an FDA-approved companion diagnostic test.

    Metastatic Breast Cancer  
    Phesgo™ is indicated for use in combination with docetaxel for the treatment of adult patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer (MBC) who have not received prior anti-HER2 therapy or chemotherapy for metastatic disease.

    Select patients for therapy based on an FDA-approved companion diagnostic test.

    See prescribing information.

    Posted on 11/19/2020

  • Registration Open: Review of Efficacy and Safety of Monjuvi® (tafasitamab-cxix)

    incyte-logoMonjuvi® (tafasitamab-cxix, Incyte) in combination with lenalidomide, is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) not otherwise specified, including DLBCL arising from low grade lymphoma, and who are not eligible for autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT).

    This indication is approved under accelerated approval based on overall response rate. Continued approval for this indication may be contingent upon verification and description of clinical benefit in a confirmatory trial(s).

    Join a one-hour webcast, Review of Efficacy and Safety of Monjuvi (tafasitamab-cxix): FDA-approved monoclonal antibody in combination with lenalidomide for adult patients with R/R DLBCL who have received at least one prior therapy, to learn more about the usage of Monjuvi®, (tafasitamab-cxix) in treating your patients. 

    Wednesday, December 16
    1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

    Presented by:
    Moshe Levy, MD
    Director of Hematologic Malignancies Research; Hematology Associate
    Texas Oncology, PA; Baylor University College of Medicine


    Wednesday, December 16
    3:00 - 4:00 PM EST

    Presented by:
    John Pagel, MD
    Chief of Hematologic Malignancies and Director of Stem Cell Transplantation
    Swedish Cancer Institute


  • FDA Approves Pembrolizumab + Chemotherapy for TNBC

    On November 13, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) in combination with chemotherapy for the treatment of patients with locally recurrent unresectable or metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) whose tumors express PD-L1 (CPS ≥10) as determined by an FDA approved test.

    Read the FDA announcement.

    Read the Merck press release.

    Posted 11/16/2020

  • Registration Open: Jakafi (ruxolitinib) Product Theater

    Intervening With Jakafi® (ruxolitinib) to Achieve Durable Count Control: Real-World Patient Case Discussion 

    incyte-logoJakafi® (ruxolitinib) is indicated for the treatment of patients with polycythemia vera who have had an inadequate response to—or are intolerant of—hydroxyurea; patients with intermediate or high-risk myelofibrosis (MF), including primary MF, post-polycythemia vera MF, and post-essential thrombocythemia MF; and for the  treatment of steroid-refractory acute graft-versus-host disease in adult and pediatric patients 12 years and older.

    Join a one-hour live presentation—sponsored by Incyte Corporation—to learn more about the use of Jakafi® (ruxolitinib) in treating your patients. 

    Monday, November 30
    12:00 - 1:00 PM EST

    Presented by:
    Solomon Hamburg, MD, PhD
    Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology, Department of Medicine
    UCLA Beverly Hills Hematology Oncology

    Monday, November 30
    3:00 - 4:00 PM EST

    Presented by:
    Jonathan Abbas, MD
    Director, Acute Leukemia Program
    Tennessee Oncology

  • FDA Accepts for Priority Review Cemiplimab-rwlc for Advanced NSCLC

    On Thursday, October 29, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for priority review the supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for PD-1 inhibitor cemiplimab-rwlc (Libtayo®, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) to treat patients with first-line locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with ≥50% PD-L1 expression.

    The target action date for the FDA decision is February 28, 2021.

    Read press release

    Posted on 10/29/2020.

  • National Broadcast: New Evidence in First-Line AML and Exploring Outcomes with Fixed-Duration Treatment in CLL

    AbbVie is excited to announce its upcoming National Broadcast: New Evidence in First-Line AML and Exploring Outcomes with Fixed-Duration Treatment in CLL, taking place on Tuesday, November 10, Thursday, November 12, and Tuesday, November 17 across multiple time zones. You may tailor the program to your audience by selecting to have the data delivered by MDs or APPs.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to learn directly from experts in AML and CLL. During this interactive presentation we will:

    • Recognize Venclexta as a BCL-2 inhibitor for 1L AML, and 1L and R/R CLL.
    • Review the phase 3 efficacy and safety outcomes of Venclexta + azacitidine from the pivotal VIALE-A study for patients with 1L AML, ineligible for intensive induction chemotherapy due to age or comorbidities.
    • Explore the efficacy and safety outcomes of Venclexta's chemo-free, fixed duration CLL regimens.

    Click here for MDs, or here for APPs.

    Posted on 10/28/2020

  • FDA Approves Venetoclax in Combination for Untreated AML

    On October 16, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted regular approval to Venclexta® (venetoclax) in combination with azacitidine, decitabine, or low-dose cytarabine (LDAC) for the treatment of newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in adults 75 years or older, or who have comorbidities precluding intensive induction chemotherapy.

    Venetoclax was initially granted accelerated approval for this indication in November 2018.

    Read Roche's announcement and the FDA announcement.

    Posted 10/19/2020

  • FDA Approves Expanded Indication of Pembrolizumab for R/R cHL

    On October 15, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an expanded label for Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) as a monotherapy for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory (R/R) classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL). Keytruda is the first anti-PD-1 therapy approved for adult patients with relapsed or refractory cHL after frontline therapy.

    Read Merck's press release and the FDA announcement.

    Posted 10/15/2020

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