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Lurbinectedin: First Approval

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posted on 03.08.2020 by Anthony Markham
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Funding: The preparation of this review was not supported by any external funding.

Conflict of interest: During the peer review process the manufacturer of the agent under review was offered an opportunity to comment on the article. Changes resulting from any comments received were made by the authors on the basis of scientific completeness and accuracy. A. Markham is a contracted employee of Adis International Ltd/Springer Nature, is responsible for the article content and declares no relevant conflicts of interest.

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Abstract
The oncogenic transcription inhibitor lurbinectedin (ZEPZELCA™) is being developed by PharmaMar as a treatment for various cancers. The drug has been granted orphan drug status for the treatment of small cell lung cancer (SCLC) by regulatory authorities in multiple countries worldwide and was approved in the USA in June 2020 for the treatment of adult patients with metastatic SCLC with disease progression on or after platinum-based chemotherapy. The US FDA and international regulators, including the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration, are collaborating on the review of lurbinectedin under the Project Orbis initiative. Clinical investigation in other solid cancers is ongoing. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of lurbinectedin leading to this first approval for the treatment of metastatic SCLC.

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