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On June 22, 2017, the FDA approved the combination of rituximab and hyaluronidase human (Rituxan Hycela; Genentech) for the treatment of adults with follicular lymphoma, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), or chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).
On June 16, 2017, the FDA approved daratumumab (Darzalex; Janssen Biotech), in combination with pomalidomide (Pomalyst) and dexamethasone, for the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma who have received at least 2 previous therapies, including lenalidomide (Rev­limid) and a proteasome inhibitor.
On May 23, 2017, the FDA granted accelerated approval to pembrolizumab (Keytruda; Merck) for the treatment of metastatic, microsatellite instability–high (MSI-H) or mismatch repair–deficient (dMMR) solid tumors that have progressed after previous treatment and have no appropriate alternative treatments, or for colorectal cancer that has progressed after treatment with a fluoropyrimidine, oxaliplatin, and irinotecan.
On May 1, 2017, the FDA accelerated the approval of durvalumab (Imfinzi; AstraZeneca) for the treatment of locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma in patients whose disease progressed during or after platinum-containing chemotherapy or within 12 months of neoadjuvant or adjuvant treatment.
On April 28, 2017, the FDA approved brigatinib (Alunbrig; Takeda), an oral kinase inhibitor, for the treatment of patients with metastatic non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with ALK mutation whose disease progressed during crizotinib therapy or who are intolerant to crizotinib therapy.
On April 28, 2017, midostaurin (Rydapt; Novartis), a kinase inhibitor, became the first targeted therapy, and the first new drug in more than 20 years, to receive FDA approval, in combination with chemotherapy, for the treatment of adults with newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) plus the FLT3 mutation.
On April 27, 2017, the kinase inhibitor regorafenib (Stivarga; Bayer HealthCare) received a new indication from the FDA for the treatment of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who had previously received sorafenib.
On April 17, 2017, atezo­lizumab (Tecentriq; Genentech), a PD-L1–blocking antibody, received a new indication by the FDA as first-line treatment for patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma who are not eligible for cisplatin chemotherapy.
On March 23, 2017, the FDA accelerated the approval of avelumab (Bavencio; EMD Serono/Pfizer), PD-L1–blocking antibody, for the treatment of adults and pediatric patients aged ≥12 years with metastatic Merkel-cell carcinoma.
“Maintenance therapy is an important part of a cancer treatment regimen for patients who have responded positively to a primary treatment,” said Richard Pazdur, MD, Acting Director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and Director of the FDA’s Oncology Center of Excellence. “Zejula offers patients a new treatment option that may help delay the future growth of these cancers, regardless of whether they have a specific genetic mutation,”
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