Posted from: Thursday, May 05, 2016 - 12:22 PM - Present

Gilotrif Approved for Lung Cancer Treatment

April 15, 2016 – Gilotrif® (afatinib) received FDA approval for the treatment of those with metastatic squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim, Gilotrif is for patients whose disease has progressed after treatment with platinum-based chemotherapy. Originally approved in July 2013, Gilotrif is a kinase inhibitor for patients with metastatic NSCLC and whose tumors have epidermal growth factor receptor exon 19 deletions or exon 21 substitution mutations. Supplied as 20mg, 30mg, and 40mg tablets, the recommended dose for each indication is 40mg once daily.

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