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U.S. FDA Approved Immune-Checkpoint Inhibitors Updated 23-Apr-2018

Since 2011, when the United States Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) approved ipilimumab (Yervoy®) for malignant melanoma, several immune-checkpoint inhibitors have been granted marketing authorisation. Do you know all the indications? MediPaper made an overview of all the U.S. FDA approved immune-checkpoint inhibitors and other U.S. FDA approved immunotherapies.

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Nivolumab-Ipilimumab Combination: A New Option for TMB-High NSCLC (CheckMate 227)

First-line nivolumab-ipilimumab in TMB-high NSCLC with was associated with a more than tripled 1-year progression-free survival (PFS) rate compared to platinum-based chemotherapy in the Phase III CheckMate 227 trial (NCT02477826).

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Frontline Combination of Pembrolizumab and Chemotherapy: A New Standard of Care for Nonsquamous NSCLC

Frontline pembrolizumab (KeytrudaⓇ) plus standard platinum-based chemotherapy reduces the risk of death by more than 50% in patients with nonsquamous non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) not harbouring EGFR or ALK genetic aberrations, as shown by the Phase III KEYNOTE-189 (NCT02578680).

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Pembrolizumab effective in frontline NSCLC with low PD-L1 expression

Pembrolizumab (Keytruda®) as single-agent immunotherapy in the frontline setting of any histology NSCLC with a PD-L1 expression ≥1% was associated with improved overall survival (OS) when compared to platinum-doublet chemotherapy in the KEYNOTE-042.

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Crizotinib beneficial for East-Asian NSCLC patients with ROS1 alterations

Crizotinib in Asian NSCLC patients with ROS1 alterations was associated with a 71.7% objective response rate (ORR) with a median duration of response (DOR) of 19.7 months (95% CI, 14.1 months - not reached). Learn more about the results with crizotinib in East-Asian non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients harbouring c-ros oncogene 1 (ROS1) rearrangements.

Making sense of immunotherapy in NSCLC

Making sense of 1st-line immunotherapy in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)

The expansion of therapeutic options with immunotherapies will reflect a dramatic change in the guidelines for lung cancer, where immunotherapies mostly compete with the use of chemotherapeutic agents. A brief communication on immunotherapies for NSCLC.

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PD-L1 Biomarker: a Comparison of ASCO2016 PD-1 and PD-L1 Data

The United States Food and Drug Agency (US FDA) require the development of companion diagnostics (CDx). CDx can help to identify patients at risk and guide patient selection. Moreover, it serves as a marker for treatment outcome. Thus enabling physicians to better balance safety with efficacy. The US FDA motivates the development of a CDx in early stages of clinical studies.

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ESMO16 Pembrolizumab data - Download the PPT

Late breaking abstracts at ESMO 2016 with pembrolizumab are largely in lung cancer. Data includes the phase III Keynote-010, the Keynote-024 study, and a study combining ramucirumab with pembrolizumab in NSCLC will be presented. Furthermore, late breaking abstracts will include data of pembrolizumab in urothelial cancer, the KEYNOTE-052 study.

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ESMO16 Durvalumab, Avelumab, Tremelimumab Data - Download the PPT

Avelumab and durvalumab both are PD-L1 targeted antibodies, similar to atezolizumab (Tecentriq™), which was recently approved by the US FDA. Tremelimumab is a CTLA-4 inhibitor, similar to ipilimumab. It is a drug with a long history and also known as CP-675,206 and ticilimumab. The drug has been extensively investigated with mixed results.