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Durvalumab: First Global Approval

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posted on 2018-04-09, 01:04 authored by Yahiya Y. Syed
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Funding: The preparation of this review was not supported by any external funding.

Conflict of interest: Y.Y.Syed is a salaried employee of Adis/Springer SBM, is responsible for the article content and declares no relevant conflicts of interest.

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Intravenous durvalumab (Imfinzi™; AstraZeneca) is a fully human monoclonal antibody that blocks programmed cell death ligand-1 binding to its receptors (PD-1 and CD80), resulting in enhanced T-cell responses against cancer cells. The US FDA has granted durvalumab accelerated approval for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma who have disease progression during or following platinum-containing chemotherapy, or within 12 months of neoadjuvant or adjuvant platinum-containing chemotherapy. Durvalumab ± tremelimumab is under phase III clinical trials in urothelial carcinoma, non-small cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer and squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. The drug is also being evaluated in phase I or II clinical trials in a wide range of solid tumours and haematological malignancies. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of durvalumab leading to this first approval for urothelial carcinoma. Access to the full article can be found here.

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