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.

Click Here for full prescribing information: www.CINVANTI.com

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.

For more information: https://www.sprycel.com

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.

For patients requiring financial assistance, Pfizer Oncology has support programs that may be able to help. You can learn more at the product website SUTENT.com.

Visit SUTENT.com to:

- Read updated full Prescribing Information

- Find out about access and coverage support for your patients

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. 

The FDA approval letter for ALECENSA can be found at https://www.genentech-access.com/ALECENSA

The full Prescribing Information for ALECENSA can be found at https://www.gene.com/download/pdf/alecensa_prescribing.pdf

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).

The FDA approval letter can be found at https://www.genentech-access.com/gazyva.html

The full Prescribing Information for GAZYVA can be found at https://www.gene.com/download/pdf/gazyva_prescribing.pdf.

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.

Links:

Pfizer Press Release

Prescribing Information

FDA Grants Accelerated Approval to Aliqopa

On September 14, 2017 Bayer announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to Aliqopa (copanlisib) for the treatment of adults with relapsed follicular lymphoma who have received at least two prior treatments known as systemic therapies.

“For patients with relapsed follicular lymphoma, the cancer often comes back even after multiple treatments,” said Richard Pazdur, M.D., director of the FDA’s Oncology Center of Excellence and acting director of the Office of Hematology and Oncology Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Options are limited for these patients and today’s approval provides an additional choice for treatment, filling an unmet need for them.”

Follicular lymphoma is a slow-growing type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system. The lymph system is part of the body’s immune system and is made up of lymph tissue, lymph nodes, the spleen, thymus, tonsils and bone marrow. The National Cancer Institute at the National Insititutes of Health estimates that approximately 72,240 people in the United States will be diagnosed with some form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma this year; approximately 20,140 patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma will die from the disease in 2017.

Aliqopa is a kinase inhibitor that works by blocking several enzymes that promote cell growth.

Aliqopa received an Accelerated Approval, which enables the FDA to approve drugs for serious conditions to fill an unmet medical need using clinical trial data that is thought to predict a clinical benefit to patients. Further clinical trials are required to confirm Aliqopa’s clinical benefit and the sponsor is currently conducting these studies.

Links:

Press Release

Prescribing Information