New FDA Specialty approvals

May 6: The FDA gave accelerated approval to Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.’s Tabrecta (capmatinib) for adults with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors have a mutation that leads to mesenchymal-epithelial transition exon 14 skipping (METex14) as detected by an FDA-approved test. The agency also approved Foundation Medicine, Inc.’s FoundationOne CDx as a companion diagnostic for this use. The recommended dose for the tablet is 400 mg twice daily. The list price for a 28-day supply is $17,950. Visit www.us.tabrecta.com and https://bit.ly/2Sp4MJo.

May 8: The FDA gave accelerated approval to Eli Lilly and Co. subsidiary Loxo Oncology, Inc.’s Retevmo (selpercatinib) to treat adults with metastatic rearranged during transfection fusion-positive NSCLC; people at least 12 years old with advanced or metastatic RET-mutant medullary thyroid cancer who require systemic therapy; and people at least 12 years old with advanced or metastatic RET fusion-positive thyroid cancer who require systemic therapy and who are radioactive iodine-refractory. Dosing is weight-based. The drug’s list price is $20,600 for 30 days of treatment. Visit www.retevmo.com.

Angela Maas

Angela has an extensive background of editing, reporting and writing for trade and consumer publications. She has written Radar on Specialty Pharmacy (formerly called Specialty Pharmacy News) since she joined AIS Health in 2005 and has broad knowledge of the various issues at play within the space. Before joining AIS Health, she was managing editor at Employee Benefit News and Employee Benefit News Canada and managing editor at HemAware (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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