New FDA Approval for Pfizer's BOSULIF® (BOSUTINIB)

On December 19, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) to expand the indication for BOSULIF® (bosutinib) to include adult patients with newly-diagnosed chronic phase Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myelogenous leukemia (Ph+ CML).

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American Joint Commission of Cancer (AJCC) Incorporates the Oncotype DX Breast Recurrence Score in Its Cancer Staging Manual; Recognizes Role of Oncotype DX in Classifying Patients

The AJCC has announced that the Oncotype DX Breast Recurrence Score® will be added to its latest criteria for staging breast cancer patients. This is the first and only molecular marker incorporated in the staging criteria, along with estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR) and HER2 status. This milestone decision marks the transition of cancer care and diagnosis to personalized medicine, recognizing the value of genomic testing to more precisely define prognosis and tailor treatment to the individual biology of each patient’s disease.

New FDA Approval for CINVANTI™

On Nov. 9, 2017, Heron Therapeutics, Inc., announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved CINVANTI™(aprepitant) injectable emulsion, for intravenous infusion. CINVANTI is a substance P/neurokinin-1 (NK1) receptor antagonist, indicated in adults, in combination with other antiemetic agents, for the prevention of acute and delayed nausea and vomiting associated with initial and repeat courses of highly emetogenic cancer chemotherapy (HEC) including high-dose cisplatin and nausea and vomiting associated with initial and repeat courses of moderately emetogenic cancer chemotherapy (MEC). With this approval, Heron now is the only company with approved injectable therapies that address the two primary mechanisms of CINV: SUSTOL®, a serotonin-3 (5-HT3) receptor antagonist, and CINVANTI, an NK1 receptor antagonist.

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New FDA Approval for Sprycel ®

On November 10, 2017 announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded the indication for Sprycel ® (dasatinib) tablets to include the treatment of children with Philadelphia chromosome-positive (Ph+) chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in chronic phase (CP).1 This approval for Sprycel in pediatric patients with Ph+ CML in chronic phase was granted under priority review, and the indication received orphan drug designation from the FDA.

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New FDA Approval for Pfizer's SUTENT®

Pfizer Oncology is proud to announce that SUTENT® (sunitinib malate) has been approved for adjuvant treatment of adult patients at high risk of recurrent renal cell carcinoma (RCC) following nephrectomy. SUTENT is the first approved treatment for patients with RCC in this setting.

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New FDA Approval for Genentech's ALECENSA®

On November 6, 2017, ALECENSA® (alectinib) was approved by the FDA for the first-line treatment of patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)–positive metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) as detected by an FDA-approved test. 

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New FDA Approval for Genentech's GAZYVA®

On November 16, 2017, GAZYVA® (obinutuzumab), in combination with chemotherapy followed by GAZYVA monotherapy in patients achieving at least a partial remission, was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of adult patients with previously untreated stage II bulky, III or IV follicular lymphoma (FL).

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FDA Approves Pfizer's BESPONSA™ (inotuzumab ozogamicin)

On August 17, Pfizer announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved BESPONSA® (inotuzumab ozogamicin) for the treatment of adults with relapsed or refractory B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). BESPONSA was reviewed and approved under the FDA’s Breakthrough Therapy designation and Priority Review programs.


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