American Society of Hematology

FDA Alerts

In collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and as a service to our members, ASH provides information about newly approved therapies and other important FDA actions (e.g., updated safety information, new prescribing information) for patients. This allows the agency to inform hematologists and professionals in hematology-related fields of recent approvals in a timely manner. In providing this information, ASH does not endorse any product or therapy and does not take any position on the safety or efficacy of the product or therapy described.
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  • FDA Approves Biosimilar Truxima for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Nov 28, 2018

    The Food and Drug Administration approved Truxima (rituximab-abbs, Celltrion Inc.) as the first biosimilar to Rituxan (rituximab, Genentech Inc.) for patients with CD20-positive, B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) to be used as a single agent or in combination with chemotherapy.

  • FDA Approves Gilteritinib for Relapsed or Refractory AML With FLT3 Mutation Nov 28, 2018

    The Food and Drug Administration approved gilteritinib (XOSPATA, Astellas Pharma US Inc.) for treatment of adult patients who have relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with a FLT3 mutation as detected by an FDA-approved test.

  • FDA Approves Larotrectinib for Solid Tumors With NTRK Gene Fusions Nov 26, 2018

    The Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to larotrectinib (VITRAKVI, Loxo Oncology Inc. and Bayer) for adult and pediatric patients with solid tumors that have a neurotrophic receptor tyrosine kinase (NTRK) gene fusion without a known acquired resistance mutation, that are either metastatic or where surgical resection is likely to result in severe morbidity, and who have no satisfactory alternative treatments or whose cancer has progressed following treatment.

  • FDA Approves Venetoclax in Combination for AML in Adults Nov 21, 2018

    The Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to venetoclax (VENCLEXTA, AbbVie Inc. and Genentech Inc.) in combination with azacitidine or decitabine or low-dose cytarabine for the treatment of newly-diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in adults who are age 75 years or older, or who have comorbidities that preclude use of intensive induction chemotherapy.

  • Glasdegib Approved for AML with Comorbidities Nov 21, 2018

    The Food and Drug Administration approved glasdegib (DAURISMO, Pfizer Labs) in combination with low-dose cytarabine (LDAC), for newly-diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in patients who are 75 years old or older or who have comorbidities that preclude intensive induction chemotherapy.

  • Emapalumab Approved for Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis Nov 20, 2018

    The Food and Drug Administration approved emapalumab (GAMIFANT, Novimmune SA), a monoclonal antibody that binds and neutralizes interferon gamma, for adult and pediatric (newborn and older) patients with primary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) with refractory, recurrent or progressive disease or intolerance with conventional HLH therapy.

  • FDA Approves First-Line Treatment for Peripheral T-cell Lymphoma Under New Review Pilot Nov 20, 2018

    The Food and Drug Administration approved brentuximab vedotin (ADCETRIS, Seattle Genetics Inc.) in combination with chemotherapy for previously untreated systemic anaplastic large cell lymphoma (sALCL) or other CD30-expressing peripheral T-cell lymphomas (PTCL), including angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma and PTCL not otherwise specified. This is the first FDA approval for previously untreated PTCL including sALCL.

  • FDA Approves Emicizumab-kxwh for Hemophilia A With or Without Factor VIII Inhibitors Oct 05, 2018

    The Food and Drug Administration approved emicizumab-kxwh injection (HEMLIBRA, Genentech, Inc.) for prophylaxis to prevent or reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes in adult and pediatric patients (ages newborn and older) with hemophilia A (congenital factor VIII deficiency) with or without factor VIII (FVIII) inhibitors.

  • FDA Grants Regular Approval to Duvelisib Sep 25, 2018

    The Food and Drug Administration granted regular approval to duvelisib (COPIKTRA, Verastem, Inc.) for adult patients with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) after at least two prior therapies.

  • FDA Approves Moxetumomab Pasudotox-tdfk for Hairy Cell Leukemia Sep 13, 2018

    The Food and Drug Administration approved moxetumomab pasudotox-tdfk (LUMOXITI, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP), a CD22-directed cytotoxin indicated for adult patients with relapsed or refractory hairy cell leukemia (HCL) who received at least two prior systemic therapies, including treatment with a purine nucleoside analog (PNA).

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