FDA Approves DARZALEX® in Combination with POMALYST® and Dexamethasone for Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma

August 21st, 2017

The FDA on June 16, 2017 approved the use of DARZALEX® (Daratumumab) in combination with POMALYST® (Pomalidomide) and Dexamethasone for the treatment of patients with Multiple Myeloma who have received at least two prior therapies including REVLIMID® (Lenalidomide) and a Proteasome Inhibitor. DARZALEX® is a human IgG1 antibody that targets CD38, a transmembrane glycoprotein abundantly expressed on malignant plasma cells. This combination may be a viable option for patients who progress on a combination of REVLIMID®, VELCADE® and Dexamethasone (RVD) regimen, which is often given as first line therapy.

FDA Approves OPDIVO® for MSI-H or dMMR Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

August 15th, 2017

The FDA on July 31, 2017, granted accelerated approval to OPDIVO® (Nivolumab) for the treatment of patients 12 years and older with MisMatch Repair deficient (dMMR) and MicroSatellite Instability-High (MSI-H) metastatic ColoRectal Cancer, that has progressed following treatment with a Fluoropyrimidine, Oxaliplatin, and Irinotecan. NCCN Guidelines recommend MMR or MSI testing for all patients with a history of Colon or Rectal cancer. Patients with metastatic ColoRectal Cancer who have dMMR or MSI-H tumors are less likely to respond to conventional chemotherapy and OPDIVO® demonstrated durable responses and disease control in this heavily pretreated patient group.

FDA Approves RYDAPT® for FLT3-Mutated Acute Myeloid Leukemia

August 1st, 2017

The FDA on April 28, 2017 approved RYDAPT® (Midostaurin), a multikinase inhibitor, for the treatment of adult patients with newly diagnosed Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), who are FLT3 mutation-positive (FLT3+), as detected by an FDA-approved test, in combination with standard Cytarabine and Daunorubicin induction and Cytarabine consolidation. Activating mutations in the FLT3 receptor is the most common genetic abnormality in AML and is detected in approximately 30% of the patients. RYDAPT® along with chemotherapy significantly improved Overall Survival and represents a new standard of care for FLT3-mutated AML patients.