American Medical AssociationAssessment of New Molecular Entities Approved for Cancer Treatment in 2020

Despite the pandemic interrupting trials and drug development in 2020, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claims it is “full speed ahead” on the approval of novel cancer drug therapies. The authors of this Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) study wanted to verify these remarks, reviewing the FDA Hematology/Oncology Approvals website to […]

HMP CommunicationsFDA Approves Sacituzumab Govitecan for Advanced Urothelial Cancer

This new indication marks the second FDA approval for sacituzumab govitecan (Trodelvy, Immunomedics) and was based on the phase 2, single-arm TROPHY-U-01 main efficacy endpoints in objective response rate (ORR) and duration of response (DOR). With a relative 5-year survival rate of 5.5%, this is a significant advancement for patients with metastatic urothelial cancer (mUC), […]

HMP CommunicationsFDA Approves Novel Dosing Regimen for Cetuximab in CRC, Head and Neck Cancer

The approval of the new cetuximab (Erbitux) dosage – 500 mg/m2 as a two-hour IV infusion every two weeks – was based on population pharmacokinetic (PK) modeling analyses and provides an alternative option to the previously approved weekly dose. Cetuximab can be dosed alone or in combination with chemotherapy.

American Society of HematologyFDA Accepts sNDA for Zanubrutinib in Waldenström Macroglobulinemia

More good news for zanubrutinib, which received accelerated approval in November 2019 in the US for the treatment of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) in adult patients who have undergone at least one prior therapy. The supplemental new drug application (sNDA) was submitted by the drug’s manufacturer, BeiGene, based on data from the global phase III […]

HMP CommunicationsFDA Approves Pembrolizumab for Locally Recurrent Unresectable or Metastatic TNBC

Another win for Merck and Keytruda, as the FDA granted accelerated approval to pembrolizumab in combination with chemotherapy for the treatment of patients with locally recurrent unresectable or metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) whose tumors express PD-L1 based on PFS. The FDA also approved a companion diagnostic, PD-L1 IHC 22C3 pharmDx.