European Commission approves elotuzumab plus pomalidomide and dexamethasone for relapsed and refractory myeloma

  European Commission (EC) has approved elotuzumab  –marketed under the brand Empliciti by Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS)– plus pomalidomide and low-dose dexamethasone (EPd) for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma who have received at least two prior therapies, including lenalidomide and a proteasome inhibitor (PI), and have demonstrated disease progression on the last therapy.

Janssen seeks European marketing authorisation for subcutaneous (under the skin) daratumumab (Darzalex®)

The pharmaceutical company Janssen, who produce a range of myeloma medicines, have today announced their application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for a license extension for daratumumab. This license extension, if approved by the EMA, would allow the use of subcutaneous (under the skin) daratumumab (Darzalex®) in myeloma patients.

Takeda announces discontinuation of the phase 3 clinical trial TOURMALINE-AL1 in AL amyloidosis

  The pharmaceutical company Takeda announced that the Phase 3 TOURMALINE-AL1 clinical trial in patients with relapsed or refractory AL amyloidosis did not meet the first of two primary endpoints. Treatment with ixazomib in combination with dexamethasone did not demonstrate a significant improvement in overall hematologic response compared to physician’s choice of standard of care regimens. As a result of this analysis, Takeda has decided to discontinue the trial.