FDA Approvals, News & Updates

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.
On April 25, 2016, the FDA approved cabozantinib (Cabometyx; Exelixis) for the treatment of patients with advanced renal-cell carcinoma (RCC) who had received anti-angiogenic therapy. 
  • Tecentriq First PD-L1 Approved by the FDA for Metastatic NSCLC
  • Keytruda Receives New Indication for First-Line Treatment of Metastatic NSCLC
  • Lartruvo Approved for Soft-Tissue Sarcoma
On October 18, 2016, atezolizumab (Tecentriq; Genentech), a PD-L1 inhibitor, was approved by the FDA for patients with metastatic non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) associated with the EGFR or ALK genetic mutations whose disease progressed during or after treatment with platinum-containing chemotherapy.
The US Food and Drug Administration has granted accelerated approval to pembrolizumab (Keytruda injection) for use in patients with recurrent or metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma whose disease progressed after platinum-containing chemotherapy. The injection is recommended to be administered at 200 mg intravenously for 30 minutes every 3 weeks.
Daclizumab (Zinbryta) has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis. The drug is self-administered by the patient monthly, and comes in the form of a long-acting injection.
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Netspot, the first kit for preparation of gallium Ga 68 dotatate injection, for the detection of neuroendocrine tumors in adult and pediatric patients. The injection serves as a radioactive diagnostic agent for positron emission tomography imaging.
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