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  • 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 Grants Accelerated Approval to Dostarlimab-gxly

    On April 22, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to dostarlimab-gxly for adult patients with mismatch repair deficient recurrent or advanced endometrial cancer, as determined by an FDA-approved test, that has progressed on or following a prior platinum-containing regimen.

    Read the FDA announcement.

    Read the GlaxoSmithKline announcement.

    Posted 4/23/2021

  • 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 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

  • Texas Medicaid Designates Pegfilgrastim-cbqv on the Preferred Drug List

    For 2021, Texas Medicaid has designated pegfilgrastim-cbqv (Udenyca®, Coherus Biosciences) the preferred pegfilgrastim on the Preferred Drug List (PDL). Udenyca® coverage details are available here.

    Please contact for additional information.

    Posted 3/15/2021

  • 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

  • G1 Therapeutics and Boehringer Ingelheim Announce Commercial Availability of Trilaciclib

    G1 Therapeutics, Inc. and Boehringer Ingelheim announced that COSELA™(trilaciclib) for injection is now available in the U.S. 

    On February 12, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved COSELA to decrease the incidence of chemotherapy-induced myelosuppression in adult patients when administered prior to a platinum/etoposide-containing regimen or topotecan-containing regimen for extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC).

    It is the first and only therapy designed to help protect bone marrow (myeloprotection) when administered prior to treatment with chemotherapy.

    Read press release.

    Posted on 3/10/2021

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