Regulators Say New Melanoma Drug is ‘Breakthrough’

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 04:50 PM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
U.S. regulators have granted Merck & Co.'s experimental treatment for advanced melanoma a "breakthrough therapy" designation, which could speed development and regulatory review of the product.
 
The medicine, whose chemical name is lambrolizumab, is also being tested against other forms of cancer. It belongs to a promising class of therapies that harness the body's immune system to find and attack cancer cells. It targets a protein called PD-1, or Programmed Death receptor.
 
The FDA created the "breakthrough therapy" designation earlier this year for medicines deemed likely to demonstrate "substantial improvement" over existing drugs.
 
Although it is intended to provide an easier path for drug development, Merck said it was not yet clear what specific benefits the designation would afford.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

New Ovarian Cancer Drug Gets FDA OK

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 15:48 PM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug to treat advanced ovarian cancer, along with a test to ide . . .

'Surveillance' Best Approach for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer: Study

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 12:39 PM

Among men whose low-risk prostate cancer was managed with so-called active surveillance for up to 15 years, just 1.5 per . . .

E-Cigs Less Addictive Than Regular Cigarettes, Say Researchers

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 12:35 PM

Former tobacco smokers find e-cigarettes less addictive than traditional cigarettes, new research finds. Even though the . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved