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A protein kinase inhibitor is a type of enzyme inhibitor that specifically blocks the action of one or more protein kinases.
FDA, EMA accept filing applications for Boehringer Ingelheim's afatinib to treat patients with advanced SCC of the lung

FDA, EMA accept filing applications for Boehringer Ingelheim's afatinib to treat patients with advanced SCC of the lung

Boehringer Ingelheim today announced that both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency have accepted filing applications for afatinib for the treatment of patients with advanced squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the lung progressing after treatment with first-line chemotherapy. [More]
IQWiG dossier assessment finds added benefit of afatinib in patients with certain mutations

IQWiG dossier assessment finds added benefit of afatinib in patients with certain mutations

Afatinib (trade name: Giotrif) has been approved since September 2013 for the treatment of adult patients with locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with activating EGF receptor mutations who have not been treated with an EGF receptor tyrosine-kinase inhibitor (EGFR TKI). [More]
CML survey reveals patient TKI adherence, disease anxiety

CML survey reveals patient TKI adherence, disease anxiety

Survey results suggest that chronic myeloid leukaemia patients using tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy have good adherence to treatment but might benefit from counselling regarding their illness. [More]
TKI outcomes ‘unfavourable’ in young CML patients

TKI outcomes ‘unfavourable’ in young CML patients

Adolescent and young adult patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia may have an unfavourable outcome on tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy compared with their older counterparts, suggests a study of Japanese patients. [More]
CML survey reveals patient TKI adherence, disease anxiety

CML survey reveals patient TKI adherence, disease anxiety

Survey results suggest that chronic myeloid leukaemia patients using tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy have good adherence to treatment but might benefit from counselling regarding their illness. [More]
TKI outcomes ‘unfavourable’ in young CML patients

TKI outcomes ‘unfavourable’ in young CML patients

Adolescent and young adult patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia may have an unfavourable outcome on tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy compared with their older counterparts, suggests a study of Japanese patients. [More]
CASI reports financial results for second quarter 2015

CASI reports financial results for second quarter 2015

CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the acquisition, development and commercialization of innovative therapeutics addressing cancer and other unmet medical needs for the global market with a commercial focus on China, today reported financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015. [More]
Vascular side effects prevent first-line ponatinib use in chronic phase CML

Vascular side effects prevent first-line ponatinib use in chronic phase CML

Ponatinib is highly active when given to patients within 6 months of developing chronic phase chronic myeloid leukaemia, phase II results show, but its toxicity profile is unacceptable for first-line treatment. [More]
PDL BioPharma signs revenue interest assignment agreement with ARIAD Pharmaceuticals

PDL BioPharma signs revenue interest assignment agreement with ARIAD Pharmaceuticals

PDL BioPharma, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a revenue interest assignment agreement (the "Agreement") in which it has agreed to provide ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. with up to $200 million in revenue interest financing in exchange for royalties on the net revenues of Iclusig (ponatinib). [More]
New tool combines drugs to target kinase dependency in cancer

New tool combines drugs to target kinase dependency in cancer

Targeted therapies attack a cancer's genetic sensitivities. However, it can be difficult to discover the genetics driving a patient's cancer, and the effects of drugs designed to target a genetic abnormality often go beyond their intended target alone. The result is threefold: sometimes a drug is prescribed to treat a target that proves to be irrelevant to the disease, sometimes an existing drug could be used to treat a cancer for which there is no approved targeted therapy, and sometimes a combination of targeted treatments could be used to simultaneously silence more than one genetic cause of a patient's cancer. [More]
Bosutinib resistance linked to ABCB1 transporter

Bosutinib resistance linked to ABCB1 transporter

Resistance to the tyrosine kinase inhibitor bosutinib may be mediated by overexpression of the efflux transporter ABCB1, scientists suggest. [More]
Rare BCR-ABL fusions highlighted in CML

Rare BCR-ABL fusions highlighted in CML

Chronic myeloid leukaemia patients with rare BCR-ABL fusions may be missed by quantitative polymerase chain reaction, research suggests. [More]
New TripAdvisor-style website launched to help researchers choose better tools for biomedical research

New TripAdvisor-style website launched to help researchers choose better tools for biomedical research

An international panel of leading scientists is launching a new TripAdvisor-style website aimed at helping researchers choose better-quality research tools - and avoiding potentially serious errors in biomedical research. [More]
ZEVALIN drug now available to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma patients in Hong Kong

ZEVALIN drug now available to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma patients in Hong Kong

CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the acquisition, development and commercialization of innovative therapeutics addressing cancer and other unmet medical needs for the global market with a commercial focus on China, announces that ZEVALIN is now available at hospitals in Hong Kong to patients with indicated non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), including at Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital. [More]
Updated guidelines released for treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Updated guidelines released for treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Updated guidelines on the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) have been released by an international group of leading respiratory societies, The new guidelines, issued by the American Thoracic Society, the European Respiratory Society, the Japanese Respiratory Society, and the Latin American Thoracic Association, were published in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. [More]
LUX-Lung 8 supports afatinib in squamous NSCLC

LUX-Lung 8 supports afatinib in squamous NSCLC

Compared with erlotinib, treatment with afatinib leads to outcomes in previously treated patients with advanced squamous non-small-cell lung cancer, suggest the results of a head-to-head trial. [More]
Larrea Biosciences merged into Gordian Holdings

Larrea Biosciences merged into Gordian Holdings

Larrea Biosciences has been merged into Gordian Holdings, Inc. "Marshalling the Body's best Offense and Defense against Disease, Its own Immune System, through Immunotherapy." Gordian Holdings obtained the rights from OnkologixRx, Inc., for the Markets in China and North America. [More]
CASI files application with CFDA to conduct ENMD-2076 Phase 2 trial in fibrolamellar carcinoma patients

CASI files application with CFDA to conduct ENMD-2076 Phase 2 trial in fibrolamellar carcinoma patients

CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the acquisition, development and commercialization of innovative therapeutics addressing cancer and other unmet medical needs for the global market with a commercial focus on China, announced today that it has filed an application with China's Food and Drug Administration to conduct a Phase 2 clinical trial in fibrolamellar carcinoma (FLC) patients in China for its proprietary drug candidate, ENMD-2076. [More]
AstraZeneca announces efficacy and safety data for AZD9291 in first-line treatment of EGFRm advanced NSCLC

AstraZeneca announces efficacy and safety data for AZD9291 in first-line treatment of EGFRm advanced NSCLC

AstraZeneca today announced preliminary efficacy and safety data for AZD9291 in the first-line treatment of epidermal growth factor receptor mutation positive (EGFRm) advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). [More]
Boehringer announces LUX-Lung 8 data that compares efficacy of afatinib, erlotinib in patients with advanced SCC

Boehringer announces LUX-Lung 8 data that compares efficacy of afatinib, erlotinib in patients with advanced SCC

Boehringer Ingelheim today announced overall survival (OS) results from the LUX-Lung 8 trial (NCT01523587) that directly compared the efficacy and safety of two EGFR-directed treatments, afatinib and erlotinib, in patients with advanced squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the lung, progressing after treatment with first-line chemotherapy. Treatment with afatinib significantly reduced the risk of death by 19%, extending the survival of patients to a median of 7.9 months compared to 6.8 months on erlotinib. [More]
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