FDA Approvals, News & Updates

In ovarian epithelial cancer, fallopian tube cancer, and primary peritoneal cancer, malignant cells form in the tissue covering the ovary or lining the fallopian tube or peritoneum. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2017 more than 22,000 women in the United States were estimated to be diagnosed with these cancers and more than 14,000 to die from them.

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On August 17, 2017, the FDA approved a new indication for olaparib, in tablet form, for the maintenance treatment of women with recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer whose disease completely or partially responded to chemotherapy that was platinum-based, regardless of their BRCA mutation status.
Following a year in which approximately 2 dozen cancer drugs were approved by the FDA, approvals in 2016 decreased by approximately 50% compared with 2015.
On December 19, 2016, the FDA granted accelerated approval to rucaparib (Rubraca; Clovis Oncology Inc), a poly ADP-ribose polymerase inhibitor, for the treatment of patients with advanced ovarian cancer whose tumors have deleterious BRCA gene mutation, and who have been treated with ≥2 chemotherapies.
The FDA has granted accelerated approval of rucaparib (Rubraca), a poly ADP-ribose polymerase inhibitor, for the treatment of patients with advanced ovarian cancer whose tumors have deleterious BRCA gene mutation and have been treated with ≥2 chemotherapies. The administration also approved a companion diagnostic to the drug, FoundationFocus CDxBRCA, which is the first next-generation sequencing diagnostic test.
The FDA has granted approval to daratumumab (Darzalex) for the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma who have received ≥1 previous therapies, in combination with dexamethasone and either lenalidomide or bortezomib.
On August 10, 2016, the FDA approved granisetron extended-release (Sustol; Heron Therapeutics) injection, the first extended-release 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT3) receptor antagonist, in combination with other antiemetic drugs in adults.
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