FDA Approves Empliciti with Pomalidomide and Dexamethasone for Relapsed Multiple Myeloma
Few patients (5%) had to stop Elo/Pom/dex because of side effects. After two cycles, injections of Empliciti can be given once monthly, making it a fairly convenient option for patients (Pomalyst and dex are both oral).
“Despite remarkable recent innovations with novel therapies for the treatment of multiple myeloma, many patients still face poor outcomes, and particularly in the relapsed and relapsed, refractory setting,”5 said Paul Richardson, M.D., clinical program leader and director of clinical research of the Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
“This new regimen of elotuzumab combined with pomalidomide and dexamethasone not only extended the time to disease progression versus a standard of care but also doubled the response rate in some patients whose prior treatments had failed them. Thus to be able to offer an alternative with a meaningful clinical benefit is an important and significant milestone for our patients.”