Pemigatinib: First Approval

2020-05-28T00:41:30Z (GMT) by Sheridan M. Hoy

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Abstract
Pemigatinib (PEMAZYRE™), a small molecule inhibitor of fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) 1, FGFR2 and FGFR3, received accelerated approval in April 2020 in the USA for the treatment of adults with previously treated, unresectable, locally advanced or metastatic cholangiocarcinoma and a FGFR2 fusion or other rearrangement, as detected by a US FDA-approved test. Developed by Incyte Corporation, it is the first targeted treatment for cholangiocarcinoma in the USA. The recommended dosage of pemigatinib is 13.5 mg once daily, administered orally with or without food, on days 1–14 of a 21-day cycle until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Pemigatinib received orphan designation for the treatment of myeloid/lymphoid neoplasms with eosinophilia and rearrangement of PDGFRA, PDGFRB or FGFR1, or with PCM1-JAK2 in August 2019 in the USA. A regulatory assessment for pemigatinib as a treatment for adults with locally advanced or metastatic cholangiocarcinoma and a FGFR2 fusion or rearrangement that is relapsed or refractory after ≥ 1 line of systemic therapy is underway in the EU. Pemigatinib is also undergoing clinical development in various countries worldwide for use in several other FGFR-driven malignancies (e.g. solid tumour, urothelial carcinoma). This article summarizes the milestones in the development of pemigatinib leading to this first approval for the treatment of adults with previously treated, unresectable, locally advanced or metastatic cholangiocarcinoma and a FGFR2 fusion or other rearrangement, as detected by a US FDA-approved test.

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