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FDA Approves Ruxolitinib for Steroid-Refractory Acute GVHD

Gina Columbus @ginacolumbusonc
Published: Friday, May 24, 2019

The FDA has approved ruxolitinib (Jakafi) for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients ≥12 years of age with steroid-refractory acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD).

The approval is based on findings from the phase II REACH1 trial, which demonstrated that the combination of ruxolitinib with corticosteroids elicited a 57% overall response rate (ORR) at day 28 in patients with steroid-refractory aGVHD, with a complete response (CR) rate of 31%. 

"For the first time, patients with steroid-refractory acute GVHD, and the physicians that treat them, have an FDA-approved treatment for this serious disease," Hervé Hoppenot, chief executive officer, Incyte, the developer of ruxolitinib, said in a press release. "This approval is also an important milestone for Incyte, as it marks the third indication for Jakafi in the United States, further underscoring Incyte’s commitment to delivering innovative medicines for patients in need. We are proud of the impact Jakafi has had on patients’ lives to-date and are dedicated to advancing our ongoing research in JAK inhibition to serve more GVHD patients in the future."

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