New Approvals for Lynparza
August 17, 2017 – The U.S. FDA has approved Lynparza® (olaparib), manufactured by AstraZeneca and Merck, for treatment of patients with BRCA mutated (gBRCAm) advanced ovarian cancer who have been treated with chemotherapy a minimum of three times. A poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitor, Lynparza prevents cancer cells from repairing damage to their DNA caused by chemotherapy.
The FDA has also approved Lynparza as a maintenance treatment for patients who have recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancers. Treatment under this indication does not depend upon BRCA status, though patients must have a complete or partial response to platinum-based chemotherapy to be eligible.
In addition to the above indications, the FDA has approved new oral tablet dosage forms in 100mg and 150mg. Previously, Lynparza was available in capsule form, which will be gradually discontinued. However, the capsule form and tablet form are not directly interchangeable. Recommended dosing by tablet is 300mg twice daily. Lynparza tablets have already been launched.
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