Durvalumab Approval Withdrawn for Urothelial Carcinoma

Today, AstraZeneca voluntarily withdrew the indication of durvalumab (Imfinzi®, AstraZeneca) for patients with previously treated locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma based on results of the phase 3 DANUBE trial (NCT02516241), which did not meet its primary end points. The withdrawal does not affect durvalumab's indications for non-small cell lung cancer or for extensive stage small-cell lung cancer. Durvalumab, a human monoclonal antibody that binds to programmed death ligand 1 (...
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Tirbanibulin FDA Approved for Actinic Keratosis

The FDA has now approved tirbanibulin (Klisyri®, Athenex) for treating actinic keratosis (AK) on the face or scalp topically. Actinic keratosis is a precancerous lesion that forms on skin that has been damaged by long-term, chronic exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun and/or indoor tanning. As the second most common diagnosis made by dermatologists in the US, AK will develop into skin cancers 10%-15% of the time when left untreated. Approval was based on effective results shown in two pivot...
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Pembrolizumab FDA Approved for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

The FDA recently approved pembrolizumab (Keytruda®, Merck & Co) with chemotherapy for patients with locally recurrent unresectable or metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) for those whose tumors express PD-L1 (CPS ≥10) as determined by an FDA approved test. In addition, the FDA approved the companion diagnostic, PD-L1 IHC 22C3 pharmDx (Dako North America, Inc.), to select patients with TNBC for pembrolizumab. Efficacy was shown in KEYNOTE-355 (NCT02819518), a multicenter, double-bl...
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FDA Issues Draft Guidances for Bladder Cancer, Renal Cell Carcinoma

The FDA has issued draft guidance documents for drug and biologic development in the adjuvant treatment of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and bladder cancer, with recommendations for clinical trials concerning eligibility criteria, methodology, and use of disease-free survival as an end point. "The FDA has actively encouraged a more uniform approach to developing clinical trials to evaluate adjuvant treatments for renal cell carcinoma and bladder cancer, including hosting a public workshop in p...
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Avelumab for Urothelial Carcinoma: An Interview With Thomas Powles, MBBS, MRCP, MD

The FDA recently approved avelumab (Bavencio®, EMD Serono, Inc.) for patients with advanced urothelial carcinoma (UC). Thomas Powles, MBBS, MRCP, MD, discusses with i3 Health the implication of this approval and future steps for research and offers community oncologists advice on treating this patient population. What are the most challenging aspects of treating patients with locally advanced or metastatic UC? Thomas Powles, MBBS, MRCP, MD: The overall survival outcomes are poor for the disease....
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