In August 2020, the FDA approved the first BCMA-directed antibody, Blenrep, for the treatment of adults with multiple myeloma that progressed after 4 or more previous therapies. This drug represents a new approach to the treatment of multiple myeloma.
Cell-based therapy is becoming an attractive option for the treatment of patients with relapsed (coming back) or refractory (does not respond to therapy) multiple myeloma who have received many therapies before.
In patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma, the use of the 3-drug combination of Kyprolis (carfilzomib), Revlimid (lenalidomide), and dexamethasone for first-line therapy does not improve outcomes compared with the 3-drug combination of Velcade (bortezomib), lenalidomide, and dexamethasone, which is the current standard of care for this patient population.
On August 5, 2020, the FDA accelerated the approval of Blenrep (belantamab mafodotin-blmf; from GlaxoSmithKline), a B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA)-directed antibody and microtubule inhibitor conjugate, for the treatment of adults with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma who have received at least 4 previous therapies, including an anti-CD38 monoclonal antibody, a proteasome inhibitor, and an immunomodulatory agent.
Last modified: October 3, 2017
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