Erasmus University MC investigating a new surgical matrix to reduce post-operative complications

Erasmus University MC investigating a new surgical matrix to reduce post-operative complications

The synthetic and fully resorbable TIGR®Matrix surgical mesh (Novus Scientific AB, Uppsala − Sweden) might be an interesting candidate for the prevention of complications frequently observed with permanent mesh placement, according to Professor Johan Lange of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam − the Netherlands.

Keytruda® FDA approved for recurrent and metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma

On 19 December 2018, pembrolizumab (Keytruda®, Merck) received accelerated approval by the FDA for the treatment of recurrent locally advanced or metastatic (R/M) Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) in adult and paediatric patients.

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.