Calaspargase pegol-mknl (Asparlas®) FDA approved in paediatric and young adult acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) patients

On 20 December 2018, the FDA approved the asparagine specific enzyme calaspargase pegol-mknl (Asparlas®, Servier) as a component of multi-agent chemotherapeutic regimens for the treatment of paediatric and young adult patients aged 1 month to 21 years with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).

Elzonris™ FDA approved for blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN)

On 21 December 2018, the FDA approved the CD123-directed cytotoxin tagraxofusp-erzs (Elzonris™, Stemline Therapeutics), for the treatment of adult and paediatric patients of 2 years and older with blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN).

Olaparib (Lynparza) FDA approved as maintenance for BRCAm ovarian cancer

On 19 December 2018, the FDA approved olaparib (Lynparza®, AstraZeneca) as a maintenance treatment for adult advanced epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer patients who achieving a complete or partial response to first-line platinum-based chemotherapy and who have deleterious germline or somatic BRCA-mutatations (gBRCAm or sBRCAm) by an FDA-aproved test or who are suspected to have deleterious BRCA-mutatations (BRCAm). 

Trastuzumab-biosimilar Herzuma® FDA approved in HER2+ breast cancer

On 14 December 2018, the FDA approved the Herceptin®-biosimilar Herzuma® (trastuzumab-pkrb, Celltrion), a HER2/neu receptor antagonist, for patients with HER2-overexpressing (HER2+) breast cancer. Herzuma® was approved as biosimilar, not as an interchangeable product.

Frontline atezolizumab plus bevacizumab and chemotherapy FDA approved for metastatic non-squamous NSCLC

On 6 December 2018, the FDA approved atezolizumab (Tecentriq®, Roche/Genentech) plus bevacizumab and chemotherapy with paclitaxel and carboplatin for the frontline treatment of metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSq NSCLC) patients not harbouring any EGFR or ALK genomic tumour aberrations.

MURANO: off-drug progression-free survival after 2 years venetoclax plus 6 cycles Rituximab

MURANO: off-drug progression-free survival after 2 years venetoclax plus 6 cycles Rituximab

On the first day of the 2018 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting, an additional year of follow-up data from the practice-changing MURANO study were presented to the audience by Professor John F. Seymour. In the trial’s setting of relapsed/refractory (R/R) chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), the non-chemo-containing regimen venetoclax (Venclexta®, AbbVie/Roche) plus rituximab was associated with maintained superior progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) over standard-of-care chemoimmunotherapy with bendamustine plus rituximab. At the same time, a durable post-treatment disease control is also attainable with the fixed-duration chemo-free regimen.

TIGR®Matrix shows promising results when used for incisional hernia prevention in septic patients undergoing laparoscopy

TIGR®Matrix shows promising results when used for incisional hernia prevention in septic patients undergoing laparoscopy

Onlay mesh placement of the synthetic and fully resorbable TIGR®Matrix surgical mesh (Novus Scientific AB, Uppsala — Sweden) for the prevention of incisional hernia in septic patients undergoing emergency laparoscopy showed encouraging efficacy and safety in a small retrospective study, as presented during the XXVIII Waterford Surgical October Club Meeting.

Efficacy of Oral Cladribine in Multiple Sclerosis Durable after a 2-Year Course of Treatment

Efficacy of oral Cladribine for MS durable after a two-year treatment course

Two short courses of oral cladribine (Mavenclad®, Merck KGaA) over a period of two years can sustain the No Evidence of Disease Activity-3 (NEDA-3) status in certain relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) patients for up to three additional years without further treatment, a new analysis presented at the 34th Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) 2018 suggests.

Gilteritinib (Xospata®) FDA approved for relapsed or refractory AML harbouring FLT3 mutations

On 28 November 2018, the FDA approved gilteritinib (Xospata® [ASP2215], Astellas) for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory (R/R) acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) harbouring FLT3 mutations as confirmed by an FDA-approved companion diagnostic test (CDx).

TKR inhibitor larotrectinib (Vitrakvi®) FDA approved for cancers with NTRK gene fusion

On 26 November 2018, the FDA granted accelerated approval to the first-in-class tropomyosin receptor-kinase (TRK) inhibitor larotrectinib (Vitrakvi®, Loxo Oncology/Bayer) for the treatment of adult and paediatric patients with solid tumours that are metastatic or not amenable to surgery, harbour the neurotrophic receptor tyrosine kinase (NTRK) gene fusion in the absence of known acquired resistance mutations, and whose cancer progressed following treatment or for whom are no satisfactory other treatment options available.