FDA Approvals, News & Updates

On April 23, 2021, the FDA approved loncastuximab tesirine-lpyl (Zynlonta; ADC Therapeutics), a CD19-directed antibody–drug conjugate, for the treatment of adults with relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma after ≥2 lines of systemic therapy, including diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) not otherwise specified, DLBCL arising from low-grade lymphoma, and high-grade B-cell lymphoma. The FDA granted loncastuximab tesirine priority review and an orphan drug designation for this indication. Read Article ›

On April 22, 2021, the FDA approved dostarlimab-gxly (Jemperli; GlaxoSmithKline), a PD-1 inhibitor, for the treatment of adults with mismatch repair-deficient (dMMR) recurrent or advanced endometrial cancer, as determined by an FDA-approved test, that has progressed on or following a previous platinum-containing regimen. The FDA granted dostarlimab priority review and a breakthrough therapy designation for this indication. Read Article ›

On March 27, 2021, the FDA approved idecabtagene vicleucel (Abecma; Bristol Myers Squibb/Bluebird Bio), a B-cell maturation antigen–directed, genetically modified autologous chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, for the treatment of adults with multiple myeloma whose disease did not respond to, or recurred, after ≥4 lines of therapy. Idecabtagene vicleucel is the first cell-based gene therapy approved by the FDA for the treatment of multiple myeloma. The FDA granted idecabtagene vicleucel orphan drug and breakthrough therapy designations. Read Article ›

On April 16, 2021, the FDA approved nivolumab (Opdivo; Bristol Myers Squibb), a PD-1 inhibitor, in combination with certain types of chemotherapy, for the initial treatment of adults with advanced or metastatic gastric cancer, gastroesophageal junction cancer, and esophageal adenocarcinoma. The FDA granted nivolumab priority review and an orphan drug designation for this indication. Read Article ›

On April 13, 2021, the FDA granted accelerated approval to sacituzumab govitecan-hziy (Trodelvy; Gilead Sciences/Immunomedics) for the treatment of adults with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer who previously received a platinum-containing chemotherapy and either a PD-1 or a PD-L1 inhibitor. The FDA granted sacituzumab govitecan priority review and a fast-track designation for this indication. Read Article ›

On February 5, 2021, the FDA approved lisocabtagene maraleucel (Breyanzi; Bristol Myers Squibb), a new chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma after ≥2 lines of systemic therapy, including diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) not otherwise specified (including DLBCL arising from indolent lymphoma), high-grade B-cell lymphoma, primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma, and grade 3B follicular lymphoma. Read Article ›

On February 5, 2021, the FDA granted accelerated approval to umbralisib (Ukoniq; TG Therapeutics), a dual inhibitor of PI3Kδ and CK1ε, for adult patients with relapsed or refractory marginal zone lymphoma (MZL) who have received ≥1 previous anti-CD20–based regimens, and adult patients with relapsed or refractory follicular lymphoma who have received ≥3 previous lines of systemic therapy. Read Article ›

On February 3, 2021, the FDA accelerated the approval of tepotinib (Tepmetko; EMD Serono), an oral MET kinase inhibitor, for the treatment of patients with metastatic non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who harbor MET exon 14 skipping alterations. Read Article ›

On January 22, 2021, the FDA approved the combination of nivolumab (Opdivo; Bristol Myers Squibb), an immune checkpoint inhibitor, and cabozantinib (Cabometyx; Exelixis), a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, for the first-line treatment of patients with advanced renal-cell carcinoma. Read Article ›

On January 14, 2021, the FDA approved crizotinib (Xalkori; Pfizer), an oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor, for the treatment of pediatric patients aged ≥1 years and young adults with relapsed or refractory systemic ALK-positive anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL). The safety and efficacy of crizotinib have not been established in older adults with relapsed or refractory systemic ALK-positive ALCL. Read Article ›

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