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.

Multiple Myeloma International Staging System – An Aging System

January 8th, 2014

The authors in this provocative report recommend combining the Multiple Myeloma International Staging System (MM-ISS) with tumor cytogenetics, to more accurately predict prognosis in MM patients. The MM International Staging System (MM-ISS) takes into account a combination of Beta-2 Microglobulin (B2M) along with serum albumin (SA) levels to determine the prognosis in MM patients. Unfortunately both B2M and SA can be abnormal in elderly patients independent of Myeloma history and may predict disability and mortality in this patient group. The MM-ISS may therefore not accurately reflect the intrinsic malignancy of the myeloma cell clone. This information was published in Clinical Lymphoma Myeloma and Leukemia 2013. Read more at www.oncoprescribe.com

MYELOMA – mSMART is the way to go

May 14th, 2013

Mayo Stratification of Myeloma and Risk-Adapted Therapy (mSMART) developed by the Mayo Clinic, unlike the present staging systems takes cytogenetic features into consideration and stratifies patients into High risk, Intermediate risk and Low risk groups. The clinician, based on the risk, then decides on the most appropriate therapy. This Risk-Adapted Therapy should result in better outcomes without compromising care. The 2013 mSMART Consensus Guidelines were published in the April issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.