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Midostaurin: A New Oral Agent Targeting FMS ‐Like Tyrosine Kinase 3‐Mutant Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a clonal hematologic malignancy that results in bone marrow failure, is the most common acute leukemia in adults (median age of diagnosis 67 yrs), and treatment options, especially in the elderly population, are limited. Induction chemotherapy with 7 + 3, the combination of continuous‐infusion cytarabine and intermittent dosing of an anthracycline administered over 7 and 3 days, respectively, has remained the standard of care since its introduction in 1973 in the United States. Midostaurin is a first‐generation FMS‐like tyrosine kinase 3 (FLT3) inhibitor (TKI) that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in April 2017 for the treatment of FLT3‐mutant AML. We performed a search of the PubMed database (January 1990–January 2017) to review pertinent clinical trials of midostaurin. Phase I, II, and III trials reported in English evaluating the safety and efficacy of midostaurin in patients with AML or myelodysplastic syndrome were included. The ClinicalTrials.gov database was also searched for ongoing trials. In the only phase III trial that has been conducted to date, midostaurin demonstrated significant improvement compared with placebo in overall and event‐free survival in patients aged 18–59 years with newly diagnosed FLT3‐mutant AML treated with standard induction chemotherapy. The median overall survival for patients randomized to the midostaurin group was 74.7 months versus 25.6 months in the placebo group...
Source: Pharmacotherapy: The Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Tags: Review of Therapeutics Source Type: research

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Source: Annals of Hematology - Category: Hematology Source Type: research
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Source: American Journal of Hematology - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: ANNUAL CLINICAL UPDATES IN HEMATOLOGICAL MALIGNANCIES Source Type: research
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Source: International Journal of Hematology - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: Int J Hematol Source Type: research
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Source: Seminars in Cancer Biology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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Source: Haematologica - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: Haematologica Source Type: research
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Source: GEO: Gene Expression Omnibus - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Tags: Methylation profiling by array Homo sapiens Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Pediatric Hematology Oncology - Category: Hematology Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
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Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Clinical Case Report Source Type: research
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Source: Pharmacotherapy: The Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Tags: Review of Therapeutics Source Type: research
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Source: Annals of Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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