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The US FDA Approves Japan Based Drug for Lung Cancer Therapy

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Japan-based company Takeda’s drug for treating a type of Lung Cancer. The drug called Exkivity will be used in therapy.The approval by the FDA came after the company showed clinically meaningful results in its early-to-mid-stage trial testing of 114 patients suffering from non-small cell Lung Cancer. The study was carried for about 18 months post which it reached desired results.

Earlier, Takeda’s Exkivity has been approved for patients who are going through a specific gene mutation known as EGFR Exon20 in small Lung Cancer. This condition is found to develop usually after chemotherapy.

The FDA has given approval to the drug after verifying the clinical benefits of the drug in a confirmatory trial. Non-small cell Lung Cancer is a type of that affects about 85% of people worldwide. Most importantly, an estimated 2.2 million new cases of non-small cell Lung Cancer are diagnosed every year.

This usually affects the people who smoke but can also occur in non-smokers. The disease makes the lungs and heart toxic and disturbs the rhythms of the heart. Takeda’s Exkivity is an oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor that targets patients with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) exon 20 mutations. The FDA has approved the drug after verifying the clinical benefits of the drug in a confirmatory trial.

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