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  • 11 Mar 2016 7:35 PM | Anonymous

    U. S. Food and Drug Administration approved crizotinib capsules (Xalkori, Pfizer, Inc.) for the treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors are ROS1-positive. Crizotinib was first approved in 2011 for the treatment of patients whose tumors are anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive. Read more. 

  • 26 Feb 2016 7:34 PM | Anonymous

    FDA approved obinutuzumab (Gazyva Injection, Genentech, Inc.) for use in combination with bendamustine followed by obinutuzumab monotherapy for the treatment of patients with follicular lymphoma (FL) who relapsed after, or are refractory to, a rituximab-containing regimen. Obinutuzumab was previously approved for use in combination with chlorambucil for the treatment of patients with previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Read more. 

  • 25 Feb 2016 7:34 PM | Anonymous

    U. S. Food and Drug Administration approved everolimus (Afinitor , Novartis) for the treatment of adult patients with progressive, well-differentiated non-functional, neuroendocrine tumors (NET) of gastrointestinal (GI) or lung origin with unresectable, locally advanced or metastatic disease. Read more. 

  • 19 Feb 2016 7:33 PM | Anonymous

    FDA approved palbociclib (IBRANCE Capsules, Pfizer, Inc.) in combination with fulvestrant for the treatment of women with hormone receptor (HR)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer with disease progression following endocrine therapy. Read more.

  • 28 Jan 2016 7:33 PM | Anonymous

    FDA approved eribulin (HALAVEN injection, Eisai Co., Ltd.) for the treatment of patients with unresectable or metastatic liposarcoma who have received a prior anthracycline-containing regimen. Read more. 

  • 23 Jan 2016 7:32 PM | Anonymous

    The FDA has expanded the frontline melanoma indications for nivolumab (Opdivo) as a single agent and in combination with ipilimumab (Yervoy) to include patients with BRAF V600 mutations, based on data from the phase III CheckMate-067 trial. Read more. 

  • 19 Jan 2016 7:31 PM | Anonymous

    FDA approved ofatumumab (Arzerra Injection, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation) for extended treatment of patients who are in complete or partial response after at least two lines of therapy for recurrent or progressive chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Ofatumumab was previously approved for the treatment of previously untreated patients with CLL for whom fludarabine-based therapy was considered inappropriate and also for patients with CLL refractory to fludarabine and alemtuzumab. Read more.

  • 11 Dec 2015 7:30 PM | Anonymous

    The U. S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to alectinib (ALECENSA capsules, Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.) for the treatment of patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have progressed on or are intolerant to crizotinib. Read more.

  • 15 Oct 2015 7:11 PM | Anonymous

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval for Keytruda (pembrolizumab) to treat patients with advanced (metastatic) non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose disease has progressed after other treatments and with tumors that express a protein called PD-L1. Keytruda is approved for use with a companion diagnostic, the PD-L1 IHC 22C3 pharmDx test, the first test designed to detect PD-L1 expression in non-small cell lung tumors. Read more. 

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