Category Archives: Anticancer drugs

Degarelix (Firmagon) for prostate cancer: now approved by FDA

Related to EMEA’s positive opinion on degarelix (Firmagon) for prostate cancer, FDA issues this press release dated Dec. 29, 2008: FDA Approves Drug for Patients with Advanced Prostate Cancer The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the injectable drug degarelix, the first new drug in several years for prostate cancer.  Continue Reading

Temsirolimus (Torisel): kinase inhibitor for the treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma. Australian Prescriber review

From Australian Prescriber: Temsirolimus Torisel (Wyeth) vials containing 25 mg/mL concentrate Approved indication: advanced renal cell carcinoma Australian Medicines Handbook section 14.2.3 About 30% of patients with renal cell carcinoma have advanced or metastatic disease at the time of diagnosis. Chemotherapy is generally ineffective and nephrectomy is the mainstay of treatment for disease confined toContinue Reading

Panitumumab (Vectibix) for metastatic colorectal carcinoma. Australian Prescriber review

From Australian Prescriber: Panitumumab Vectibix (Amgen) vials containing 20 mg/mL in 5 mL, 10 mL or 20 mL volume Approved indication: metastatic colorectal carcinoma Australian Medicines Handbook section 14.2.1 Panitumumab is a humanised monoclonal antibody for the treatment of metastatic colorectal carcinomas expressing the epidermal growth factor receptor. It is indicated for patients whose tumoursContinue Reading

FDA approves imatinib (Gleevec) for a new indication: GIST tumors.

FDA press relase about the approval of imatinib (Gleevec) for the treatment of GIST tumors: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 19, 2008 FDA Approves Gleevec to Prevent Recurrence of Rare Gastrointestinal Cancer The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Gleevec (imatinib mesylate) for a new indication –Continue Reading

Imatinib (Gleevec) pharmacology: mechanism of action and therapeutic considerations

Imatinib mesylate is a small-molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitor that was initially developed as a 2-phenylaminopyrimidine derivative specific for PDGFR. Imatinib was subsequently found to be a potent inhibitor of ABL kinases, including the BCR-ABL fusion protein generated as a result of the t(9;22) chromosomal translocation (Philadelphia chromosome) found in chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), and wasContinue Reading

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