Novartis Gets EU OK for its Cancer Drug Zykadia

Novartis has received marketing approval from the European Commission for Zykadia (ceritinib) to treat adult patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive advanced non-small cell lung cancer previously treated with crizotinib. The approval applies to all 28 member states of the European Union (EU), plus Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein.

Outside the EU, Zykadia is approved in the United States and other countries within North America, South America, Central America and Asia. Additional regulatory reviews for Zykadia are underway worldwide.

Zykadia is an oral, selective inhibitor of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK), a gene that can fuse with others to form an abnormal “fusion protein” that promotes the development and growth of certain tumors in cancers , including non-small cell lung cancer.

Source: Novartis

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