New FDA Approvals: FDA Expands Label of BeiGene’s Brukinsa

Jan. 19: The FDA expanded the label of BeiGene, Ltd.’s Brukinsa (zanubrutinib) to include the treatment of adults with chronic lymphocytic leukemia or small lymphocytic lymphoma. The agency initially approved the Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor on Nov. 14, 2019. The agency granted the application orphan drug designation, and its review used the Assessment Aid. The recommended dose of the capsule is 160 mg twice daily or 320 mg once daily. Drugs.com lists the price of 120 80 mg capsules as more than $15,264.

Jan. 19: The FDA granted accelerated approval to Seagen Inc.’s Tukysa (tucatinib) in combination with trastuzumab for the treatment of adults with RAS wild-type, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive unresectable or metastatic colorectal cancer that has progressed following treatment with fluoropyrimidine-, oxaliplatin- and irinotecan-based chemotherapy. The company says the tyrosine kinase inhibitor is the first FDA-approved treatment in HER2-positive metastatic colorectal cancer. The agency first approved the drug on April 17, 2020. The newest indication had priority review and breakthrough therapy designation. Dosing for the tablet is 300 mg twice daily. Drugs.com lists the price of 60 150 mg tablets as more than $12,389.

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Angela Maas

Angela Maas

Angela has an extensive background of editing, reporting and writing for trade and consumer publications. She has written Radar on Specialty Pharmacy since she joined AIS Health in 2005 and has broad knowledge of the various issues at play within the space. She also has written for Spotlight on Market Access since its 2017 launch. Before joining AIS Health, she was managing editor at Employee Benefit News and Employee Benefit News Canada and managing editor at Hem Aware (a hemophilia publication), Lupus Living and Momentum (a multiple sclerosis publication). She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in British literature from Arizona State University.

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