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.
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 News, New York Times, and Washington Post.
Bamlanivimab has shown through clinical trials to reduce COVID-19-related hospitalizations or emergency room visits in patients at high risk for disease progression within 28 days after treatment, compared to placebo. As part of the EUA, efficacy of the agent continues to be evaluated and several quality measures have been imposed to protect patients.
Read the FDA announcement.
Intervening With Jakafi® (ruxolitinib) to Achieve Durable Count Control: Real-World Patient Case Discussion
Jakafi® (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
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
Jonathan Abbas, MD
Director, Acute Leukemia Program
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.
Zanubrutinib (Brukinsa™, BeiGene) is a kinase inhibitor indicated for the treatment of adult patients with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) who have received at least one prior therapy. 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. For prescribing information click here, or here for the Dosing and Administration Guide.
To help guide and assist patients during treatment, Beigene has developed a customized and comprehensive support program. The myBeiGene Patient Support program is staffed with nurses who have prior experience working with oncology patients. Practices and their patients get a dedicated Oncology Nurse Advocate assigned to them, and comprehensive patient support, including connecting patients to helpful resources that can address their personal needs.
Posted on 10/07/2020
Exelixis Access Services® (EASE) provides a variety of support to help your patients get started on cabozantinib (Cabometyx®)as soon as possible. EASE can help meet the unique needs of your patients and practice at each step along the access journey.
Exelixis has issued prescribing information for cabozantinib (Cabometyx®), which is indicated for the treatment of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who have been previously treated with sorafenib as well as a series of resources that you can utilize in your practice.
Access Prescribing Information and Resources.