Category Archives: Lung cancer

Zykadia (ceritinib) by Novartis is approved for first line use in US

As of May 26, 2017 the FDA approved ceritinib for first line use. So it will go head to head with crizotinib. One article said a similar EU approval was likely “in coming weeks”. The results are based on the … Continue reading

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FDA approves brigatinib

On April 28, 2017 the FDA granted Takeda (formerly Ariad) approval for Alunbrig (brigatinib) to be sold in the US to patients who are resistant to Crizotinib.

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Lorlatinib granted breakthrough therapy status

On April 27, 2017, the FDA granted Pfizer Breakthrough Status on lorlatinib for patients previously treated with one or more ALK inhibitors. So you don’t have to take Crizotinib first, any of the other 3 will do. Also a Phase … Continue reading

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Clinical Trial of PLB1003 by Beijing Pearl Biotechnology

As of April 19, 2017 ClinicalTrials.gov lists a phase 1 trial of PLB1003 which targets ALK. At this time the trial is at one site: Shanghai Chest Hospital. To qualify you must have one measurable met in the body. The … Continue reading

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Clinical trial of TPX-0005 from TP Therapeutics

As of March 6, 2017, ClinicalTrials.gov lists a Trial of TPX-0005 which targets ALK, ROS1, and NTRK 1-3. At this time there are four trial sites at: UC Irvine Cancer center, University of Colorado, Denver, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Memorial … Continue reading

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Ariad files FDA application and gets acquired

As of August 30, 2016 Arriad had filed its new drug application with the FDA for brigatinib. As of Oct 31, 2016 the FDA granted ARIAD’s request for Priority Review and has set an action date of April 29, 2017. As of January … Continue reading

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Update on Novartis and Ariad trials

As of Dec. 6, 2016 Novartis and Ariad announced research updates In Phase III study by Novartis on Zykadia® (ceritinib) as a first-line treatment, they found a 45% reduction in the risk of disease progression. The study found a median progression free survival … Continue reading

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Abstract 9007 on Brigatinib update

The initial write up of the abstract 9007 was posted on May 19. This update covers about 3 more months of data and brain mets. Arm A (90 mg) median Progression Free Survival (PFS) increased from 8.8 months to 9.2 … Continue reading

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Outcomes for ALK+ patients

Abstract e20550 is from Spain and involves 49 patients. Patients took 6 different ALK inhibitors. The abstract concluded “ALK+ patients who received targeted agents have prolonged survival despite brain metastases…. ALK inhibitors improve intracranial response rate and survival.”

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Discontinuing Crizotinib treatment

Abstract e20610 is from Canada and covers 97 patients. Post Crizotinib treatment 43% received Ceritinib, 20% received chemo and 37% received no additional treatment. Median overall survival was: 0.9 months for those who received no additional treatment, 7.6 months for … Continue reading

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