Stemline Therapeutics gets FDA green light for Elzonris

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Stemline Therapeutics gets FDA green light for Elzonris

By Sandra Levy - 12/28/2018
Stemline Therapeutics has received the Food and Drug Administration’s approval for Elzonris (tagraxofusp-erzs) infusion for the treatment of blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm, or BPDCN in adults and in pediatric patients, two years of age and older.

BPDCN is an aggressive and rare disease of the bone marrow and blood that can affect multiple organs, including the lymph nodes and the skin. It often presents as leukemia or evolves into acute leukemia. The disease is more common in men than women and in patients 60 years and older.

"Prior to today's approval, there had been no FDA approved therapies for BPDCN. The standard of care has been intensive chemotherapy followed by bone marrow transplantation. Many patients with BPDCN are unable to tolerate this intensive therapy, so there is an urgent need for alternative treatment options," director of the FDA's Oncology Center of Excellence and acting director of the Office of Hematology and Oncology Products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Richard Pazdur said.

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