The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Clovis Oncology Inc.’s Rubraca (rucaparib) tablets for the treatment of adult patients with a deleterious BRCA mutation (germline and/or somatic)-associated metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) who have been treated with androgen receptor-directed therapy and a taxane-based chemotherapy.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Imbruvica (ibrutinib) in combination with Rituxan (rituximab) for chronic lymphocytic leukemia or small lymphocytic lymphoma patients who are new to therapy.

Gilead Sciences Inc. is buying Forty Seven Inc. for $95.50 per share, or a deal value of $4.9 billion. The deal was unanimously approved by both companies’ boards.

MorphoSys AG announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration accepted filing of MorphoSys’ Biologics License Application (BLA) and granted priority review for tafasitamab, the company’s investigational anti-CD19 antibody, under review in combination with lenalidomide for the treatment of relapsed or refractory diffuse large B cell lymphoma (r/r DLBCL).

As pharma companies bolster their pipelines via multibillion-dollar acquisitions, drug manufacturers continue to heavily invest in the oncology space.

Merck’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) received a rejection from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for each of six supplemental Biologics License Applications to update the dosing frequency of the checkpoint inhibitor to include every-six-weeks administration.

Novartis AG secured Medicaid coverage for a pricey new sickle cell disease therapy in two U.S. states just weeks after winning U.S. approval, following an early campaign to convince local officials of the medicine’s value, according to a company executive and a Reuters review of public filings.

GlaxoSmithKline submitted a Biologics License Application to the U.S. FDA based upon results from the pivotal DREAMM-2 Phase III trial of belantamab mafodotin in multiple myeloma.

A California jury awarded $752 million to Bristol-Myers Squibb over a patent infringement regarding the technology related to a novel cancer therapy.

Hundreds of studies and results were presented at the 61st American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting.