The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved use of Lynparza (olaparib tablets) to include the treatment of patients with certain types of breast cancer that have spread (metastasized) and whose tumors have a specific inherited (germline) genetic mutation, making it the first drug in its class (PARP inhibitor) approved to treat breast cancer, and it is the first time any drug has been approved to treat certain patients with metastatic breast cancer who have a "BRCA" gene mutation. Patients are selected for treatment with Lynparza based on an FDA-approved genetic test, called the BRACAnalysis CDx.
Analysts and investors think Perjeta’s end-of-the-year indication may not be as lucrative as they once hoped. The FDA green-lighted the drug in tandem with giant Herceptin and chemo for HER2-positive, post-surgery breast cancer patients with a high risk of recurrence. Patients should receive up to 18 cycles of the regimen over the course of one year, according to the indication.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved Ogivri (trastuzumab-dkst) as a biosimilar to Herceptin (trastuzumab) for the treatment of patients with breast or metastatic stomach cancer (gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma) whose tumors overexpress the HER2 gene (HER2+). Ogivri is the first biosimilar approved in the US for the treatment of breast cancer or stomach cancer and the second biosimilar approved in the US for the treatment of cancer.
Novartis announced positive topline results from the global MONALEESA-7 trial, the second Phase III trial of Kisqali® (ribociclib) in advanced or metastatic breast cancer. The MONALEESA-7 trial met its primary endpoint of progression-free survival (PFS) in premenopausal women with hormone-receptor positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 negative (HR+/HER2-) advanced breast cancer.
"Our study suggests that estrogen treatment after menopause protects the memory that is needed for short-term cognitive tasks from the effects of stress," said Alexandra Ycaza Herrera, the study's lead author and a researcher at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.
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