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News From the Food and Drug Administration
October 6, 2015

Platelet Drug for Pediatric Use

JAMA. 2015;314(13):1332. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.12085

The platelet-boosting drug eltrombopag, marketed as Promacta, has been approved for use in pediatric patients aged 1 year or older who have the rare blood disorder chronic immune thrombocytopenia purpura (ITP).

Promacta can be used in children with ITP who haven’t had good results with other medications or after surgery to remove the spleen. The approval “emphasizes the FDA’s commitment to fully developing treatments in areas of pediatric hematology and oncology,” Richard Pazdur, MD, director of the Office of Hematology and Oncology Products in the agency’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a statement (http://1.usa.gov/1fBPtGL).

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