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FDA approves new targeted treatment for acute myeloid leukemia

August 02, 2017 / Zara Kassam

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted the approval of Idhifa to Celgene Corporation and RealTime IDH2 Assay to Abbott Laboratories. Idhifa was approved for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) who have a specific genetic mutation. The drug is approved for use with a companion diagnostic, the RealTime IDH2 Assay, which is used to detect specific mutations in the IDH2 gene in patients with AML. Idhifa is an isocitrate dehydrogenase-2 inhibitor that works by blocking several enzymes that promote cell growth. If the IDH2 mutation is detected in blood or bone marrow samples using the RealTime IDH2 Assay, the patient may be eligible for treatment with Idhifa.