Posted from: Friday, December 01, 2017 - 12:47 PM - Present

New Indication for Sutent

November 16, 2017 – The U.S. FDA has approved a new indication for Sutent® (sunitinib), manufactured by Pfizer, to be used as an adjuvant therapy to prevent the recurrence of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) in adults who are at high risk of a recurrence after the removal of a cancerous kidney. A multi-kinase inhibitor, Sutent was associated with an improved average length of disease-free survival (6.8 years versus 5.6 years for patients on a placebo) in a clinical study of post-surgical RCC patients.

Recommended dosing under the new indication is cyclical. Each six-week cycle consists of four weeks taking 50mg of Sutent taken by mouth once daily, followed by two weeks spent off of the medication. Patients should complete a total of nine cycles.

Previously held indications include the treatment of gastrointestinal and pancreatic tumors, as well as advanced RCC. Sutent carries a black box warning that cautions against the risk of hepattooxicity, which can lead to fatal liver failure.


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