Category Archives: Drug Update

Familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP, also called transthyretin amyloidosis) is a hereditary neurodegenerative disease that is characterized by the accumulation and deposition of the transthyretin protein (TTR) in the tissues and peripheral nervous system, and often causes pain, muscle weakness, and autonomic dysfunction. Eventually, the disease progresses into a sensory and motor polyneuropathy. Currently, the mainstay […]

FDA Approval: 8/23/2018 Hereditary angioedema (HAE) is a disease characterized by recurrent and debilitating attacks of angioedema, or severe swelling of the limbs, airway, face, or intestinal tract. HAE affects about one in 10,000 to 50,000 individuals worldwide and can have a significant impact on quality of life. There are currently six FDA-approved therapies available […]

FDA Approval: 8/8/2018 Mogamulizumab-kpkc is a humanized monoclonal antibody developed by Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd. for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphomas, T-cell leukemia, and T-cell lymphomas. Mogamulizumab has shown promising efficacy in treating Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL) in a phase III trial. The FDA granted mogamulizumab a Breakthrough Therapy Designation on August 25, […]

FDA Approval: 8/10/2018 Hereditary transthyretin (TTR)-mediated amyloidosis (hATTR) is an inherited and debilitating disease that is characterized by mutations in the TTR gene. These gene mutations can cause accumulation of abnormal amyloid proteins in body organs and tissue, leading to damage of these areas, such as the peripheral nerves. Peripheral, autonomic, or cardiomyopathy can result […]

New Drug Overview – iobenguane I 131 (Azedra®) On July 30, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved iobenguane I 131 (Azedra®) for treatment of adults and adolescents age 12 and older with unresectable pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma that has metastasized or is locally advanced and requires systemic anticancer therapy.  Patients must test positive […]

Hairy cell leukemia (HCL) is a rare, slow-growing cancer of the blood in which the bone marrow produces too many abnormal B cells or lymphocytes. This compromises the bone marrow’s ability to produce healthy blood cells and platelets. Patients with HCL may experience enlargement of the spleen, increased susceptibility to life-threatening conditions such as infections […]

Hereditary angioedema (HAE) is a disease characterized by recurrent and debilitating attacks of angioedema, or severe swelling of the limbs, airway, face, or intestinal tract. HAE affects about one in 10,000 to 50,000 individuals worldwide and can have a significant impact on quality of life. There are currently six FDA-approved therapies available for individuals with […]

Generic Name Brand Name Manufacturer Approval Date Anticipated Availability Accelerated Review filgrastim-aafi Nivestym ™ Pfizer Inc. 07/20/2018 n/a n/a Labeled Indications Decrease the incidence of infection‚ as manifested by febrile neutropenia‚ in patients with non-myeloid malignancies receiving myelosuppressive anti-cancer drugs associated with a significant incidence of severe neutropenia with fever Reduce the time to neutrophil […]

Familial chylomicronemia Syndrome (FCS) is a genetic disorder characterized by impaired function of the enzyme lipoprotein lipase (LPL), leading to the inability to break down chylomicrons and the buildup of chylomicrons in the blood. Chylomicrons are lipoprotein particles primarily made up of triglycerides. This buildup results in a significant increase in triglyceride levels, severe abdominal […]

Hereditary transthyretin (TTR)-mediated amyloidosis (hATTR) is an inherited and debilitating disease that is characterized by mutations in the TTR gene. These gene mutations can cause accumulation of abnormal amyloid proteins in body organs and tissue, leading to damage of these areas, such as the peripheral nerves. Peripheral, autonomic, or cardiomyopathy can result from this accumulation […]