The Food and Drug Administration has expanded the indications for denosumab (Xgeva), previously indicated for the prevention of skeletal-related events in patients with bone metastases from solid tumors, to include patients with multiple myeloma, according to a press release from Amgen, the manufacturer of Xgeva.
“Up to 40% of [multiple myeloma] patients remain untreated for the prevention of bone complications, and the percentage is highest among patients with renal impairment at the time of diagnosis. Denosumab, which is not cleared through the kidneys, offers multiple myeloma patients bone protection with a convenient subcutaneous administration, providing patients with a novel treatment option,”, director of the Center for Multiple Myeloma, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Boston, said in the press release.
Adverse events in multiple myeloma patients were broadly similar to the known safety profile of denosumab. The most common adverse events were diarrhea, nausea, anemia, back pain, thrombocytopenia, peripheral edema, hypocalcemia, upper respiratory tract infection, rash, and headache. The most common adverse event resulting in discontinuation of treatment was osteonecrosis of the jaw.
Find the full press release on the Amgen.