9 Newly Approved Novel Drugs
It's been a busy year for the FDA.
8. Bavencio (avelumab), EMD Serono Inc.
Indications: A programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) blocking antibody indicated for patients 12 years and older with metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC). BAVENCIO is under accelerated approval, and continued approval will be contingent on further trials.
Dosage: 10 mg/kg as an IVinfusion over 60 minutes every 2 weeks until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. All patients should receive premedication with an antihistamine and acetaminophen prior to the first four infusions of avelumab.