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22 Nov 2015

USFDA approval of Ninlaro to treat multiple myeloma

Drug Name(s) NINLARO
FDA Application No. (NDA) 208462
Active Ingredient(s) IXAZOMIB
Company MILLENNIUM PHARMS
Original Approval or Tentative Approval Date November 20, 2015
Chemical Type 1  New molecular entity (NME)
Review Classification P  Priority review drug
O Orphan drug

 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted approval for Ninlaro (ixazomib) in combination with two other therapies to treat people with multiple myeloma who have received at least one prior therapy.

Ninlaro is a type of cancer drug called a proteasome inhibitor and works by blocking enzymes from multiple myeloma cells, hindering their ability to grow and survive. Ninlaro is the first oral proteasome inhibitor and is approved in combination with another FDA-approved treatment for multiple myeloma called Revlimid (lenalidomide) and dexamethasone (a type of corticosteroid).

The FDA granted priority review and orphan drug designations for Ninlaro. Priority review status is granted to applications for drugs that, if approved, would be a significant improvement in safety or effectiveness in the treatment of a serious condition. Orphan drug designation provides incentives such as tax credits, user fee waivers, and eligibility for orphan drug exclusivity to assist and encourage the development of drugs for rare diseases.

 

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