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FDA Approvals, News & Updates

On March 1, 2019, the FDA accelerated the approval of atezolizumab (Tecentriq; Genentech) plus nab-paclitaxel (Abraxane; Celgene) for the treatment of patients with unresectable locally advanced or metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) and PD-L1 expression, as identified by an FDA-approved test. Tecentriq was previously approved for bladder cancer and for non–small-cell lung cancer. This is the first FDA approval of an immunotherapy for patients with metastatic TNBC.
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On February 28, 2019, the FDA approved a combination of the HER2/neu receptor agonist trastuzumab plus the endoglycosidase hyaluronidase-oysk (Herceptin Hylecta; Genentech) subcutaneous (SC) injection for adults with HER2-overexpressing breast cancer in the adjuvant setting, as part of a regimen with chemotherapy or as monotherapy after multimodality an­thracycline-based therapy; and as first-line treatment for metastatic disease, in combination with paclitaxel, or as monotherapy after ≥1 chemotherapies in the metastatic setting. This SC injection is a new formulation of intravenous (IV) trastuzumab.
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On February 22, 2019, the FDA approved a new indication for trifluridine plus tipiracil (Lonsurf; Taiho Pharmaceuticals), an oral combination of a nucleoside metabolic inhibitor and a thymidine phosphorylase inhibitor for the treatment of patients with metastatic gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma who received ≥2 lines of chemotherapy regimens with a fluoropyrimidine, a platinum, a taxane or irinotecan, and, if appropriate, HER2/neu-targeted therapy. The FDA used its priority review process for this new indication and granted it an orphan drug designation. Trifluridine plus tipiracil was previously approved for metastatic colorectal cancer.
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On February 15, 2019, the FDA approved pembrolizumab (Keytruda; Merck) for the adjuvant treatment of patients with melanoma and involvement of lymph node(s) after a complete resection. This is the second melanoma-related indication for pembrolizumab, which was previously approved by the FDA for the treatment of patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma.
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On January 31, 2019, the FDA approved the combination of pemetrexed (Alimta; Eli Lilly) plus pembrolizumab (Keytruda; Merck) and platinum-based chemotherapy for first-line treatment of patients with metastatic nonsquamous non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and no EGFR or ALK mutations.
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On January 28, 2019, the FDA approved the combination of the oral Bruton’s tyrosine kinase inhibitor ibrutinib (Imbruvica; Pharmacyclics), plus the CD20-directed cytolytic antibody obinutuzumab (Gazyva; Genentech), for the treatment of adults with untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL). Imbruvica was already approved as a single agent for different indications, including for adults with CLL or SLL, with or without 17p deletion.
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On January 14, 2019, the FDA approved a new indication for cabozantinib (Cabometyx; Exelixis), an oral multitargeted tyrosine kinase inhibitor, for the treatment of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma who had previously received treatment with sorafenib (Nexavar).
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On May 2, 2019, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved ivosidenib (Tibsovo; Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc) for the treatment of newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with a susceptible IDH1 mutation, as detected by an FDA-approved companion diagnostic test, in patients who are aged ≥75 years or who have comorbidities that preclude the use of intensive induction chemotherapy.
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  • Keytruda Receives Expanded Indication for First-Line Treatment of Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer
  • FDA Changes Recommended Contraception Period Following Soltamox Therapy
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