FDA / Drug Updates

FDA News – November 2016

November 2016, Vol 7, No 10 - FDA News & Updates

  • Tecentriq Approved by the FDA for Metastatic NSCLC
  • Keytruda Receives New FDA Indication for First-Line Treatment of Metastatic NSCLC
  • Lartruvo First Drug in 40 Years to Receive FDA Approval for Soft-Tissue Sarcoma
  • FDA Revises the Indication for Tarceva for Treatment of NSCLC
  • FDA Awards $23 Million Worth of Grants to Encourage Drug Development for Rare Diseases
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FDA News – October 2016

October 2016, Vol 7, No 9 - FDA News & Updates

In This Article Dosage Regimen for Nivolumab Modified Use of Screening Tests for Ovarian Cancer Not Supported by the FDA Dosage Regimen for Nivolumab Modified On September 13, 2016, the FDA modified the dosage regimen of nivolumab (Opdivo) for the treatment of patients with renal-cell carcinoma, metastatic melanoma, and non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) to 240 mg intravenously (IV) every [ Read More ]

Tecentriq (Atezolizumab) First PD-L1 Inhibitor Approved for Patients with Advanced or Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma

Lisa A. Raedler, PhD, RPh

September 2016, Vol 7, No 8 - Drug Updates

Urothelial carcinoma (also known as transitional-cell carcinoma) is the most common subtype of bladder cancer, accounting for more than 90% of bladder cancer diagnoses in the United States. In 2016, nearly 77,000 cases of bladder cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the United States, and more than 16,000 people will die from this disease. The incidence of bladder cancer increases with age, with a median age of 73 years at diagnosis. [ Read More ]

Defitelio (Defibrotide Sodium): First Drug Approved for Patients with Hepatic Veno-Occlusive Disease

Laura Morgan

July 2016, Vol 7, No 6 - Drug Updates

Hepatic veno-occlusive disease (VOD), also known as sinusoidal obstruction syndrome, is a rare and life-threatening liver condition that is characterized by rapid weight gain, ascites, painful hepatomegaly, and jaundice. It is often observed in patients after allogeneic or autologous hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT), and has also been reported during the treatment of Wilms tumor, rhabdomyosarcoma associated with actinomycin D, and acute lymphoblastic leukemia. [ Read More ]