FDA Approvals, News & Updates

FDA Expands Indication for Kadcyla to Include the Adjuvant Treatment of HER2-Positive Early Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer, FDA Approvals, News & Updates, In the News

On May 3, 2019, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved ado-trastuzumab emtansine (Kadcyla; Genentech) for the adjuvant treatment of patients with HER2-positive early breast cancer who have residual invasive disease after neoadjuvant taxane and trastuzumab-based treatment. Patients should be selected for treatment with this agent based on an FDA-approved companion diagnostic test (Ventana Medical System’s PATHWAY anti-HER-2/neu [4B5] Rabbit Monoclonal Primary Antibody assay or INFORM HER2 Dual ISH DNA Probe Cocktail assay). [ Read More ]

Trazimera Fourth Biosimilar to Herceptin Approved for HER2-Positive Breast Cancer or HER2-Positive Metastatic Gastric or Gastroesophageal Junction Cancer

April 2019, Vol 10, No 2 - Breast Cancer, FDA Approvals, News & Updates

On March 11, 2019, the FDA approved trastuzumab-qyyp (Trazimera; Pfizer) as the fourth biosimilar to trastuzumab (Herceptin; Genentech) for the treatment of patients with HER2-positive breast cancer or HER2-positive metastatic gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma. This approval was based on several studies confirming that trastuzumab-qyyp is biosimilar to the originator drug, Herceptin. [ Read More ]

Ivosidenib Now FDA-Approved as First-Line Treatment for AML with IDH1 Mutation

FDA Approvals, News & Updates, In the News

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. [ Read More ]

Tecentriq plus Abraxane for Advanced or Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer with PD-L1 Expression

April 2019, Vol 10, No 2 - 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. [ Read More ]

Herceptin Hylecta a New Subcutaneous Injection Approved for Patients with HER2-Positive Breast Cancer

April 2019, Vol 10, No 2 - Breast Cancer, FDA Approvals, News & Updates

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. [ Read More ]

Lonsurf Approved for Metastatic Gastric or Gastroesophageal Junction Adenocarcinoma

April 2019, Vol 10, No 2 - FDA Approvals, News & Updates

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. [ Read More ]

Keytruda Approved for Adjuvant Treatment for Patients with Melanoma

April 2019, Vol 10, No 2 - FDA Approvals, News & Updates

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. [ Read More ]