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New Prostate Cancer Drug Gets FDA OK

Officials with the FDA approved apalutamide (Erleada) for the treatment of patients with non-metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer, according to a press release. Apalutamide is the first drug approved for non-metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer. “In the trial supporting approval, Erleada had a robust effect on this endpoint. This demonstrates the agency’s […]

FDA Approves Castration-Sensitive Prostate Cancer Drug

Officials with the FDA have granted approval to abiraterone acetate (Zytiga) tablets in combination with prednisone for the treatment of metastatic high-risk castration-sensitive prostate cancer (CSPC), according to a press release. Abiraterone acetate previously gained FDA approval in 2011 for the treatment of patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) who had […]

Combination Therapy That Includes Daratumumab Lowers Risk of Multiple Myeloma Progression

Patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma showed a lower risk of disease progression or death with daratumumab (Darzalex, Janssen) added to the standard regimen of bortezomib (Velcade, Takeda), melphalan and prednisone, in a recent study, than patients who were treated without daratumumab in their drug combination.1 Phase 3 trial results recently […]

FDA OKs 2 Fixed Dose HIV Treatments

Officials with the FDA have approved 2 different fixed dose drugs indicated to treat HIV-1: Symfi Lo tablets and Biktarvy. Symfi Lo tablets are a combination of efavirenz (EFV) 400-mg, lamivudine (3TC) 300-mg, tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) 300-mg. Biktarvy is a combination of bictegravir, emtricitabine, and tenofovir alafenamide. Symfi Lo Symfi Lo is […]

AVYCAZ Approved to Treat HABP/VABP

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Allergan’s supplemental New Drug Application to expand the approved use of their cephalosporin / beta-lactamase inhibitor combo antibiotic, AVYCAZ (ceftazidime and avibactam), to include the treatment of hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia and ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia (HABP/VABP) caused by the following susceptible Gram-negative microorganisms: Klebsiella […]