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 –

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 was […]

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