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Advisory Panel Recommends Approval of Carfilzomib in Advanced Multiple Myeloma

The FDA is not required to follow the group’s advice but often does. A final decision is expected by July 27.

In documents posted earlier this week, FDA scientists raised safety concerns about carfilzomib, including toxic side effects on the heart and lungs. They also questioned the injectable drug’s effectiveness.

Onyx studied the drug in 266 patients who had already been treated with two other cancer drugs. About 22 percent of patients studied responded to the drug, with the typical patient surviving slightly less than eight months after beginning treatment. In its briefing, the FDA panel commented that the response rate was so low “it may not provide an advantage over available therapy.”

But FDA’s panelists said the drug could still be an important treatment for patients with few other options. The FDA has approved seven drugs for multiple myeloma. Doctors use different therapies depending on a patient’s age and health and stage of disease.

Source: Washington Post

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