New FDA Specialty Approvals

New FDA Specialty Approvals

September 9, 2021

July 30: The FDA granted premarket approval to Pillar Biosciences, Inc.’s ONCO/Reveal Dx Lung and Colon Cancer Assay as a companion diagnostic for all FDA-approved epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapies for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) targeting EGFR and KRAS wild-type tumor tissue for metastatic colorectal cancer patients. The in vitro diagnostic kit is intended to be used on the Illumina MiSeq Dx instrument.

July 30: The FDA granted premarket approval to Pillar Biosciences, Inc.’s ONCO/Reveal Dx Lung and Colon Cancer Assay as a companion diagnostic for all FDA-approved epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapies for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) targeting EGFR and KRAS wild-type tumor tissue for metastatic colorectal cancer patients. The in vitro diagnostic kit is intended to be used on the Illumina MiSeq Dx instrument.

Aug. 2: The FDA approved Astra-Zeneca’s Saphnelo (anifrolumab-fnia) to treat adults with moderate to severe systemic lupus erythematosus who are receiving standard therapy. It is the first type I interferon (type I IFN) receptor antagonist to gain FDA approval and the first product approved for the most common form of lupus in more than 10 years. The recommended dose is 300 mg via a 30-minute intravenous infusion every four weeks. Drugs.com lists the price of one 100 mg vial as more than $1,799.00.

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New FDA Specialty Approvals

September 9, 2021

July 30: The FDA granted premarket approval to Pillar Biosciences, Inc.’s ONCO/Reveal Dx Lung and Colon Cancer Assay as a companion diagnostic for all FDA-approved epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapies for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) targeting EGFR and KRAS wild-type tumor tissue for metastatic colorectal cancer patients. The in vitro diagnostic kit is intended to be used on the Illumina MiSeq Dx instrument.

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July 30: The FDA granted premarket approval to Pillar Biosciences, Inc.’s ONCO/Reveal Dx Lung and Colon Cancer Assay as a companion diagnostic for all FDA-approved epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapies for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) targeting EGFR and KRAS wild-type tumor tissue for metastatic colorectal cancer patients. The in vitro diagnostic kit is intended to be used on the Illumina MiSeq Dx instrument.
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New FDA Specialty Approvals

August 4, 2021

July 9: The FDA gave an additional approval to Astellas Pharma US, Inc. and Seagen Inc.’s Padcev (enfortumab vedotin-ejfv) for the treatment of adults with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer who are ineligible for cisplatin-containing chemotherapy and have received at least one line of therapy. The agency also converted the Nectin-4-directed antibody and microtubule inhibitor conjugate’s accelerated approval, granted Dec. 18, 2019, to regular approval for the treatment of adults with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer who have received a programmed death receptor-1 (PD-1) or programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) inhibitor and a platinum-containing chemotherapy before or after surgery or in a locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer setting. Dosing for both indications is 1.25 mg/kg via a 30-minute intravenous infusion on days one, eight and 15 of a 28-day cycle. Website Drugs.com lists the price of a 20 mg lyophilized powder as more than $2,380.00.

July 9: The FDA gave an additional approval to Astellas Pharma US, Inc. and Seagen Inc.’s Padcev (enfortumab vedotin-ejfv) for the treatment of adults with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer who are ineligible for cisplatin-containing chemotherapy and have received at least one line of therapy. The agency also converted the Nectin-4-directed antibody and microtubule inhibitor conjugate’s accelerated approval, granted Dec. 18, 2019, to regular approval for the treatment of adults with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer who have received a programmed death receptor-1 (PD-1) or programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) inhibitor and a platinum-containing chemotherapy before or after surgery or in a locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer setting. Dosing for both indications is 1.25 mg/kg via a 30-minute intravenous infusion on days one, eight and 15 of a 28-day cycle. Website Drugs.com lists the price of a 20 mg lyophilized powder as more than $2,380.00.

July 12: The FDA granted another indication to the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson’s Darzalex Faspro (daratumumab and hyaluronidase-fihj) in combination with pomalidomide and dexamethasone for the treatment of adults with multiple myeloma who have received at least one line of therapy, including lenalidomide and a proteasome inhibitor. The agency initially approved the anti-CD38 monoclonal antibody on May 1, 2020. The recommended dosage is 1,800 mg/30,000 units subcutaneously into the abdomen over approximately three to five minutes weekly for weeks one to eight, every two weeks from weeks nine to 24 and then every four weeks. Drugs.com lists the price of an 1,800 mg/30,000 per 15 mL vial as more than $8,290.

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New FDA Specialty Approvals

August 4, 2021

July 9: The FDA gave an additional approval to Astellas Pharma US, Inc. and Seagen Inc.’s Padcev (enfortumab vedotin-ejfv) for the treatment of adults with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer who are ineligible for cisplatin-containing chemotherapy and have received at least one line of therapy. The agency also converted the Nectin-4-directed antibody and microtubule inhibitor conjugate’s accelerated approval, granted Dec. 18, 2019, to regular approval for the treatment of adults with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer who have received a programmed death receptor-1 (PD-1) or programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) inhibitor and a platinum-containing chemotherapy before or after surgery or in a locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer setting. Dosing for both indications is 1.25 mg/kg via a 30-minute intravenous infusion on days one, eight and 15 of a 28-day cycle. Website Drugs.com lists the price of a 20 mg lyophilized powder as more than $2,380.00.

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New FDA Specialty Approvals

July 8, 2021

June 7: The FDA granted another indication to Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s Ultomiris (ravulizumab-cwvz) for the treatment of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) in children at least 1 month old and adolescents. It is the only PNH therapy approved for use in these age groups. The agency initially approved the C5 inhibitor on Dec. 21, 2019, for PNH in adults. Dosing is weight-based; administration intervals also are weight-based and are either every four weeks or every eight weeks. The estimated average cost per year in adults is $458,000.

June 7: The FDA granted another indication to Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s Ultomiris (ravulizumab-cwvz) for the treatment of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) in children at least 1 month old and adolescents. It is the only PNH therapy approved for use in these age groups. The agency initially approved the C5 inhibitor on Dec. 21, 2019, for PNH in adults. Dosing is weight-based; administration intervals also are weight-based and are either every four weeks or every eight weeks. The estimated average cost per year in adults is $458,000.

June 9: The FDA gave another indication to Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s Trikafta (elexacaftor/tezacaftor/ivacaftor and ivacaftor) to include children with cystic fibrosis who are 6 to 11 years old and have at least one F508del mutation in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator gene or a mutation in the CFTR gene that is responsive to Trikafta based on in vitro data. The agency also approved a new dosage strength of the tablet: elexacaftor 50 mg/tezacaftor 25 mg/ivacaftor 37.5 mg and ivacaftor 75 mg. The FDA first approved the drug on Oct. 21, 2019. Dosing in this new age group for people less than 30 kg is two elexacaftor 50 mg/tezacaftor 25 mg/ivacaftor 37.5 mg tablets in the morning and one ivacaftor 75 mg tablet in the evening. For those weighing at least 30 kg, dosing is two elexacaftor 100 mg/tezacaftor 50 mg/ivacaftor 75 mg tablets in the morning and one ivacaftor 150 mg tablet in the evening. Website Drugs.com lists the price of 84 tablets of the latter dose as more than $24,900.

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New FDA Specialty Approvals

July 8, 2021

✦ June 7: The FDA granted another indication to Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s Ultomiris (ravulizumab-cwvz) for the treatment of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) in children at least 1 month old and adolescents. It is the only PNH therapy approved for use in these age groups. The agency initially approved the C5 inhibitor on Dec. 21, 2019, […]

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