Yervoy (ipilimumab) approved for melanoma by the FDA

sears tower  A medicine which first received notariety at the American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO) this summer was approved by the FDA today. This drug is the first in a new family of medicines called anti-CTLA 4 inhibitors.

Approval Date: 
Fri, 03/25/2011
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Yervoy (ipilimumab) melanoma immune-based therapy at FDA Feb 9, 2011

firework explosion Activatng the immune system is a relatively new model for attacking cancer, but it appears to be coming of age. While "true breakthrough" is a term rarely applied in most treatments, ipilimumab (proposed brand-Yervoy) may be just that for patients with melanoma.

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