In April 2016, venetoclax (Venclexta; Janssen) became the first BCL-2 inhibitor to be approved by the FDA for relapsed, high-risk chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Chicago, IL—The anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) mutation is a target for tyrosine kinase therapies in several cancers, including non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Since 2011, several ALK inhibitors have been approved, and more are in the pipeline, but many questions remain for managing patients with ALK-positive NSCLC.

Chicago, IL—Maintaining a clean room compliant with US Pharmacopeial Convention Chapter 800 (USP 800) can come with a significant price tag, but noncompliance can drive up costs to oncology practices and institutions. However, certain measures can contribute to the successful construction, renovation, and maintenance of hazardous drug sterile compounding spaces in an oncology setting, according to Ryan A. Forrey, PharmD, MS, FASHP, Director of Pharmacy, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Atlanta, GA.

Chicago, IL—A clear set of standard operating procedures is at the heart of US Pharmacopeial Convention Chapter 800 (USP 800) compliance, according to Carol Yarrington, PharmD, BCOP, Oncology and Infusion Pharmacy Coordinator and Clinical Oncology Pharmacist, St. Joseph Mercy Health System, Ann Arbor, MI.

On August 10, 2016, the FDA approved granisetron extended-release (Sustol; Heron Therapeutics) injection, the first extended-release 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT3) receptor antagonist, in combination with other antiemetic drugs in adults.
On April 25, 2016, the FDA approved cabozantinib (Cabometyx; Exelixis) for the treatment of patients with advanced renal-cell carcinoma (RCC) who had received anti-angiogenic therapy. 
On October 18, 2016, atezolizumab (Tecentriq; Genentech), a PD-L1 inhibitor, was approved by the FDA for patients with metastatic non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) associated with the EGFR or ALK genetic mutations whose disease progressed during or after treatment with platinum-containing chemotherapy.
  • Acalabrutinib Demonstrates Efficacy and Safety in Relapsed CLL
  • Atezolizumab Shows Durable Response, Tolerability in Urothelial Carcinoma
The ability to analyze multiple genes at the same time has led to the estimate that 20% to 25% of women with ovarian cancer have an inherited mutation in a cancer‑predisposing gene. Although this association has been noted for a while, until recently there was not enough data available to determine the lifetime ovarian cancer risk for women with a mutation in some of these genes.
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