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The US Food and Drug Administration has approved nivolumab (Opdivo) for patients with classical Hodgkin Lymphoma that has progressed or relapsed following autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and post-transplant brentuximab vedotin, according to an announcement by the agency. Notably, the intravenous drug was granted accelerated approval, and Breakthrough Therapy Designation.
Lenvatinib capsules (Lenvima) have been approved in combination with everolimus in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma who have had 1 previous anti-angiogenic therapy, according to an announcement by the US Food and Drug Administration. The combination has demonstrated greater progression-free and overall survival rates, compared with lenvatinib monotherapy.
Venetoclax (Venclexta) has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for daily use in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who have 17p deletion, and had ≥1 prior therapies, according to an announcement by the agency. This drug is the first treatment that targets the B-cell lymphoma 2 protein, which is overexpressed in many patients with CLL.
There were a number of areas where we asked the forecast panelists questions specifically regarding oncology, and how the changing environment might relate to oncology pharmacists.
Defibrotide sodium (Defitelio) is now US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved for children and adult patients with hepatic veno-occlusive disease (VOD) with added kidney or lung abnormalities following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). This drug is the first to be approved for patients with severe hepatic VOD.
Immediate-release opioid analgesics will now require boxed warnings regarding the serious risks for abuse, addiction, overdose, neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS), and death associated with the drugs, according to an announcement by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Crizotinib (Xalkori) has been approved for expanded use in patients with metastatic non−small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors have an ROS1 gene alteration, according to an announcement by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The first and only approved treatment for this patient population, crizotinib blocks ROS1 protein activity in tumors, possibly preventing NSCLC from spreading.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Xalkori (crizotinib) to treat people with advanced (metastatic) non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors have an ROS-1 gene alteration.
Succeeding in today’s crowded healthcare market often requires that associations align with like-minded organizations to achieve their goals. It is this realization that has led to a strategic partnership between The Lynx Group and the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP).
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Opdivo (nivolumab) to treat patients with advanced (metastatic) renal cell carcinoma, a form of kidney cancer, who have received a certain type of prior therapy.
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