The United States Food and Drug Agency (US FDA) is the world’s leading organisation for drug approvals. MediPaper offers you insight in the US FDA approvals for oncology and haematology drugs, as reported by the US FDA – in real time.

Venetoclax FDA approved for CLL and SLL

On 15 May 2019, the FDA approved venetoclax (Venclexta®, AbbVie/Genentech) for the treatment of adult chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) patients.

FDA approves avelumab plus axitinib for renal cell carcinoma

On 14 May 2019, the FDA approved the combination of avelumab (Bavencio®, Merck KGaA/Pfizer) plus axitinib (Inlyta®, Pfizer) for the first-line treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patients.

Ramucirumab FDA approved for hepatocellular carcinoma

On 10 May 2019, the FDA approved single agent ramucirumab (Cyramza®, Eli Lilly) for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients previously treated with sorafenib and who have an alpha-fetoproteintein (AFP) of ≥ 400 ng/mL.

T-DM1 FDA approved for early breast cancer

On the 3rd of May 2019, the FDA approved ado-trastuzumab emtansine (Kadcyla® [T-DM1], Genentech/Roche) as adjuvant therapy for human epidermal growth factor receptor (HER2)-positive early breast cancer (EBC) patients with residual invasive disease after neoadjuvant treatment with a taxane and trastuzumab.

Ivosidenib FDA-approved as first-line treatment for AML patients with IDH1 mutation

On the 2nd of May 2 2019, the FDA approved ivosidenib (Tibsovo®, Agios) as treatment for newly-diagnosed acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) patients ≥75 years old and AML patients with comorbidities precluding intensive induction chemotherapy. Patients should harbour a susceptible IDH1 mutation, as per the FDA-approved Abbott RealTime™ IDH1 Assay, to be legible for ivosidenib treatment.

Pembrolizumab plus axitinib FDA approved for the first-line treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma patients

On 19 April 2019, the FDA approved the programmed death 1 (PD-1) inhibitor pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA®, Merck) plus axitinib – a selective and potent receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth factor receptors (VEGFR) 1, 2, and 3 – as a first-line treatment for advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patients.

Palbociclib approved for the treatment of male breast cancer 

On 4 April 2019, the US FDA approved palbociclib (Ibrance®, Pfizer) plus aromatase inhibitor or fulvestrant for the treatment of male patients with hormone receptor (HR)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer.

Erdafitinib FDA approved for the treatment of metastatic urothelial carcinoma

On 12 April 2019, the FDA granted accelerated approval to erdafitinib (Balversa®, Janssen) for the treatment of locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cell carcinoma (mUCC) progressed during or following a platinum-containing regimen, including progression within 12 months of (neo)adjuvant platinum-based chemotherapy, and whose tumours harbour susceptible fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) 3 or FGFR2 genetic alterations as determined by the FDA approved companion diagnostic (CDx), the therascreen® FGFR RGQ RT-PCR Kit by Qiagen.

Single-agent pembrolizumab FDA approved for the first-line treatment of stage III NSCLC with PD-L1 TPS ≥1%

On 11 April 2019, the FDA approved single-agent pembrolizumab (Keytruda®, Merck) for the first-line treatment of stage III/IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with a PD-L1 Tumor Proportion Score (TPS) ≥1% who are not amenable to surgical resection or definitive chemoradiation and who have no known EGFR or ALK genomic aberrations.

Atezolizumab FDA approved for extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (SCLC)

On 18 March 2019, the FDA approved atezolizumab (Tecentriq®, Genentech) plus carboplatin and etoposide as front-line treatment of adult extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC) patients.