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13-04-2018 | Gynaecological cancer | News | Article


Maintenance rucaparib approved for US recurrent ovarian cancer patients

medwireNews: The US FDA has granted approval for use of the PARP inhibitor rucaparib as a maintenance therapy for recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer.

Rucaparib is recommended for the treatment of women who have achieved a complete or partial response to platinum-based chemotherapy at an oral dose of 600 mg twice daily with or without food.

The FDA announcement follows the recent adoption by the EMA of a positive opinion for use of rucaparib in this patient population based on results from the ARIEL3 trial. The study demonstrated improved median progression-free survival with rucaparib versus placebo, including in subgroups of patients with homologous recombination deficiency (HRD) and those whose tumours harbor a deleterious somatic or germline BRCA mutation.

A complementary diagnostic test for HRD status has also been approved by the US FDA.

By Lynda Williams

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