FDA Approves Eli Lilly Cancer Drug

Oct 20, 2016

The U.S. FDA granted accelerated approval to Lartruvo (olaratumab) with doxorubicin to treat adults with certain types of soft tissue sarcoma (STS), which are cancers that develop in muscles, fat, tendons or other soft tissues.

Lartruvo is approved for use with the FDA-approved chemotherapy drug doxorubicin for the treatment of patients with STS who cannot be cured with radiation or surgery and who have a type of STS for which an anthracycline (chemotherapy) is an appropriate treatment.

Lartruvo is a platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) receptor-alpha blocking antibody. When stimulated, PDGF receptors cause tumor growth. Lartruvo works by blocking these receptors, which may help slow or stop tumor growth.

Lartruvo also received orphan drug designation, which provides incentives such as tax credits, user fee waivers and eligibility for exclusivity to assist and encourage the development of drugs intended to treat rare diseases.

Lartruvo is marketed by Eli Lilly and Company based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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