Welcome Imfinzi: AstraZeneca crashes the checkpoint party late with a green light for durvalumab
And then there were 5.
The FDA handed out its latest approval for a PD-L1 checkpoint inhibitor on Monday afternoon, giving a green light to AstraZeneca to start selling durvalumab as Imfinzi as a second-line therapy for metastatic urothelial carcinoma.
The regulatory OK comes in the wake of approvals for Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Roche/Genentech and Pfizer/Merck KGaA. The biology of these new checkpoint drugs is well understood now, and the FDA issued its approval after a relatively small, single-arm study.
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