Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is one of the most devestating diagnoses and highest unmet needs in the oncology space. EQRx, which intends to solve pricing and access challenges for patients, unveiled new data at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress 2021 showing that it might just have the answer to NSCLC too.

A study published in the BMJ suggests that about one-third of cancer indications receiving approval under an Accelerated Approval pathway are still on product labels even after follow-up studies did not confirm their benefits.

Findings from the Phase III EMPOWER-Lung 3 trial, announced Aug. 5 by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi, show that a combination regimen comprising the PD-1 inhibitor Libtayo and platinum-doublet chemotherapy significantly improved overall survival compared with chemotherapy alone in patients with metastatic or locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

Bristol Myers Squibb shared new details on the global biopharmaceutical firm’s Phase III research on a potential first-line treatment for people who have been diagnosed with recurrent or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. 

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi announced that the European Commission approved the PD-1 inhibitor Libtayo (cemiplimab) for the first-line treatment of adults with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumor cells have ≥50% PD-L1 expression and no EGFR, ALK or ROS1 aberrations. The EC also approved Libtayo in advanced basal cell carcinoma (BCC).

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Blueprint Medicines’ Ayvakit (avapritinib) for the treatment of adult patients with advanced systemic mastocytosis.

Men with a deadly form of advanced prostate cancer who failed other treatments survived four months longer after getting an experimental tumor-targeting radiation therapy from Swiss drugmaker Novartis, data released on June 3 showed.

Merck presented new data from the Phase III CLEAR trial (KEYNOTE-581/Study 307) at the virtual 2021 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium of the company’s checkpoint inhibitor Keytruda (pembrolizumab) and Eisai’s tyrosine kinase inhibitor Lenvima (lenvatinib) in renal cell carcinoma.

AstraZeneca reported that the company’s Phase III KESTREL trial of Imfinzi (durvalumab) failed to meet the primary endpoint of improving overall survival compared to the EXTREME treatment regimen, which was chemotherapy plus cetuximab, a standard of care.

Roche presented updated data confirming the Swiss drugmaker’s immunotherapy Tecentriq, used in combination with Avastin, substantially improves overall survival in people with the most common form of liver cancer.