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Olaparib Approved in Japan for Frontline Maintenance in Ovarian Cancer

Gina Columbus @ginacolumbusonc
Published: Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019

Dave Fredrickson

Dave Fredrickson

Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) approved olaparib (Lynparza) as a maintenance treatment for patients with BRCA-mutant ovarian cancer after undergoing first-line chemotherapy.

The approval was based on findings from the randomized, double-blinded, phase III SOLO-1 study, in which maintenance olaparib significantly improved progression-free survival (PFS) compared with placebo in this patient population following frontline platinum-based chemotherapy.

Olaparib is the sole PARP inhibitor that is approved for use in Japan.

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