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Certain women with advanced ovarian cancer whose tumors haven’t responded to at least 2 chemotherapy drugs have a new FDA-approved treatment option.
The agency gave the nod to rucaparib for treating ovarian tumors with harmful BRCA gene mutations. Marketed as Rubraca, the drug was approved along with a companion diagnostic test used to detect the mutations. The agency granted the drug accelerated approval, which is given to treatments for serious illnesses based on a surrogate end point likely to predict clinical benefit.
Voelker R. Ovarian Cancer Drug Approved. JAMA. 2017;317(5):466. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.0026