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MYELOMA MINUTE | Up To The Minute News | 4.1.2021
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IMF Says FDA Approval of Bristol Myers Squibb’s and bluebird bio's CAR T-Cell Immunotherapy Treatment for Multiple Myeloma Is Welcome News for Patients
Calling it "a win for patients," the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) welcomed FDA approval on March 26 of Abecma (idecabtagene vicleucel), a B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA)-directed chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell immunotherapy. Read the full press release now.
FDA Approves Isatuximab with Carfilzomib and Dexamethasone for Patients with Relapsed or Refractory Myeloma
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Sarclisa (isatuximab) in combination with carfilzomib and dexamethasone (Kd), for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM) who have received one to three prior lines of therapy. The FDA approval is based on data from the phase III IKEMA study, a randomized, multi-center, open label clinical trial that enrolled 302 patients with relapsed multiple myeloma across 69 centers spanning 16 countries.
European Commission (EC) Approves Conditional Marketing Authorization for NEXPOVIO (selinexor)
On March 29, 2021, according to a press release from Karyopharm Therapeutics, "the European Commission (EC) has granted conditional marketing authorization for NEXPOVIO® (selinexor), the Company's first-in-class, oral Selective Inhibitor of Nuclear Export (SINE) medicine, in combination with dexamethasone for the treatment of multiple myeloma in adult patients who have received at least four prior therapies and whose disease is refractory to at least two proteasome inhibitors, two immunomodulatory agents, and an anti-CD38 monoclonal antibody, and who have demonstrated disease progression on the last therapy."
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Watch a Replay of the M-Power Charlotte Community Workshop
In case you missed it, the IMF hosted an interactive online workshop for the community of Charlotte, North Carolina, and beyond. From “Myeloma for Patients Who Are Just Getting Started” to the latest in treatments and research, this comprehensive program also features a myeloma patient’s story. Visit the M-Power Charlotte website to watch the replay now.
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Register NOW for the IMF 1.5 CNE Symposium at ONS 2021
Four highly experienced nurses will share their expertise during this 1.5 CNE symposium (3 sessions of 0.5 CNE) while using real-life patient case scenarios to focus on nursing implications, symptom management, and infection prevention including vaccination. As part of the Early Access Opportunity, you will have access to this free, self-paced, on-demand virtual course beginning on April 9, 2021. Participants can take part in a single session, two sessions, or the entire symposium. On April 20 at 5:00 PM ET, the symposium will also be featured as part of the 2021 Oncology Nursing Society’s (ONS) Congress Virtual Event.
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Watch a Replay of This IMF Patient & Family Webinar
In this webinar, myeloma patients and caregivers learn up-to-the-minute guidance for staying safe in our COVID-19 world. Dr. Brian G.M. Durie and Dr. Warren Brenner answer patient questions and explain the latest ideas on myeloma care and treatment. Listen to one patient’s formula for living your best life. Panelists include IMF Chairman of the Board Brian G.M. Durie, MD; Warren Brenner, MD, from Boca Raton Regional Hospital; Paul G. Richardson, MD, from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Rafat Abonour, MD, from Indiana University; Donna Catamero ANP-BC, OCN, CCRC, from the Mount Sinai Health System; and Patient Advocate Yelak Biru.
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Bid Now to Win a 10-Day Stay at a Hawaiian Villa in 2022
Yes, it’s true: We are still in a pandemic. But any time during the rest of 2021 or in 2022, one lucky raffle winner be able to book a 10-day stay at the Villa Ono Oasis in historic Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The winner will be able to book their stay based on your availability and coordination with the property owner. Raffle tickets are just $50. The winner will be announced on August 1, 2021.
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