The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Deciphera Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s Qinlock (ripretinib) for the treatment of adult patients with advanced gastrointestinal stromal tumor who have received prior treatment with 3 or more kinase inhibitors, including imatinib.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Incyte’s Pemazyre (pemigatinib), a kinase inhibitor indicated for the treatment of adults with previously treated, unresectable locally advanced or metastatic cholangiocarcinoma with a fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 fusion or other rearrangement as detected by an FDA-approved test.

Following positive Phase II data earlier in 2020, Acceleron Pharma’s experimental pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) treatment sotatercept won Breakthrough Therapy designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

While COVID-19 dominates headlines as the virus has spread across the globe and the pharmaceutical industry has marshaled its forces to develop therapies and diagnostics against the disease, BioSpace takes a look at key industry news not related to the coronavirus.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Eli Lilly and Company and Incyte Corporation Breakthrough Therapy designation for baricitinib for alopecia areata (AA).

The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for JNJ-61186372 (JNJ-6372) for the treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer with epidermal growth factor receptor Exon 20 insertion mutations, whose disease has progressed on or after platinum-based chemotherapy.

Debiopharm announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted a Breakthrough Therapy Designation for Debio 1143, the most clinically advanced IAP antagonist, for the treatment of patients with confirmed diagnosis of previously untreated, unresectable locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (LA-SCCHN) in combination with current standard of care (CRT).

The bladder cancer drug Padcev, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December, secured Breakthrough Therapy designation for the treatment of patients with another type of bladder cancer.

Although January 2020 was a fairly slow month for PDUFA dates for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, February has a stronger schedule.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to Austin, Texas-based Savara Inc.’s Molgradex for the treatment of autoimmune pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (aPAP).