FDA Approvals, News & Updates

Web Exclusives | January 13, 2020
The FDA approval of avapritinib marks the first time a drug has been approved specifically for patients with GIST harboring PDGFRA exon 18 mutations, which are involved in approximately 10% of GIST cases.
Web Exclusives | January 7, 2020
The FDA has confirmed another strong year regarding the approval of innovative new drugs and biosimilars, including several agents used in the treatment of patients with cancer.
Web Exclusives | December 11, 2019
On December 3, 2019, the FDA granted Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) designation to the biopharmaceutical company Adaptimmune Therapeutics for ADP-A2M4 for the treatment of synovial sarcoma. Earlier this year, the FDA granted Orphan Drug designation to the agent for the treatment of soft tissue sarcomas.
Web Exclusives | December 3, 2019
The FDA has granted priority review to Merck’s supplemental Biologics License Application for the anti-PD–1 agent pembrolizumab as monotherapy for certain patients with high-risk, non-muscle invasive bladder cancer who are ineligible for or have elected not to undergo cystectomy.
Web Exclusives | November 25, 2019
  • Calquence Receives FDA Approval for the Treatment of Patients with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia or Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma
  • Despite Some Positive Trends, Report Confirms Lung Cancer Remains the Deadliest Form of Cancer
Web Exclusives | November 25, 2019

On November 15, 2019, the FDA approved crizanlizumab (Adakveo; Novartis) to reduce the frequency of vaso-occlusive crises (VOCs) in adults and pediatric patients aged ≥16 years with sickle-cell disease.

Web Exclusives | November 18, 2019
  • Teva Will Resume Production of Vincristine in Response to Shortage
  • FDA Fast-Tracks Opdivo plus Yervoy Regimen for Treatment of Advanced Liver Cancer
  • FDA Grants Accelerated Approval to Brukinsa for Patients with Mantle-Cell Lymphoma
Web Exclusives | November 11, 2019
  • FDA Approves Ziextenzo, Third Biosimilar to Pegfilgrastim for Febrile Neutropenia
  • Trump Will Nominate Dr Hahn as Next FDA Commissioner
  • Researchers Report High Rates of E-Cigarette Use Among Children and Teens
Web Exclusives | October 28, 2019
  • Zejula Now Approved for Late-Line Ovarian Cancer
  • Trump Set to Nominate Hahn as FDA Commissioner
  • FDA Aims to Improve Breast Implant Guidance
Web Exclusives | October 22, 2019
The past week in oncology-related news includes shortages of crucial pediatric cancer drug, results of a study of racial disparities in multiple myeloma, and new drug on the horizon for HER2 metastatic breast cancer.
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