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New Drug Approvals Archive - March 2011

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March 2011

Benlysta (belimumab) Injection

Date of Approval: March 10, 2011
Company: GlaxoSmithKline
Treatment for: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus; Lupus Nephritis

Benlysta (belimumab) is B-lymphocyte stimulator (BLyS)-specific inhibitor indicated for the treatment of patients aged 5 years and older with active, autoantibody-positive systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and adult patients with active lupus nephritis.

Gadavist (gadobutrol) Injection

Date of Approval: March 14, 2011
Company: Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Treatment for: Diagnostic

Gadavist (gadobutrol) is a gadolinium-based contrast agent indicated for use in diagnostic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

(adenovirus type 4 and type 7 vaccine)

Date of Approval: March 16, 2011
Company: Barr Laboratories, Inc.
Treatment for: Infection Prophylaxis

Adenovirus type 4 and type 7 vaccine is an oral vaccine indicated for the prevention of febrile acute respiratory disease caused by adenovirus type 4 and type 7 in military populations.

Yervoy (ipilimumab) Injection

Date of Approval: March 25, 2011
Company: Bristol-Myers Squibb
Treatment for: Melanoma -- Metastatic, Renal Cell Carcinoma, Colorectal Cancer, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Yervoy (ipilimumab) is a human cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA-4)-blocking antibody indicated for the treatment of melanoma. Yervoy is also used in combination with Opdivo (nivolumab) for the treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma, microsatellite instability high (MSI-H) or mismatch repair deficient (dMMR) metastatic colorectal cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, non-small cell lung cancer, and malignant pleural mesothelioma.

Sylatron (peginterferon alfa-2b)

Date of Approval: March 29, 2011
Company: Merck
Treatment for: Malignant Melanoma

Sylatron (peginterferon alfa-2b) is an alpha interferon indicated for the adjuvant treatment of melanoma.

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