Newer Drugs for ALL Are Hitting the U.S. Market, Potentially Meeting Unmet Need in Treatment

The FDA has approved multiple new agents for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) — which is also known as acute lymphocytic leukemia — and recently converted an accelerated approval it had given one of them to full. However, even with all these options, respondents to a Zitter Insights survey said that unmet need exists in treating the disease.

On June 21, 2023, the FDA granted full approval to Amgen Inc.’s Blincyto (blinatumomab) for the treatment of adults and pediatric patients with CD19-positive B-cell precursor ALL first or second complete remission with minimal residual disease (MRD) greater than or equal to 0.1%. The agency first approved the CD19-directed CD3 T-cell engager on Dec. 3, 2014; the accelerated approval for MRD-positive B-cell ALL was granted on March 29, 2018.

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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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