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Blinatumomab: First Global Approval

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Blinatumomab (BLINCYTO™) is a novel, bispecific T-cell engaging antibody that binds cluster of differentiation (CD) 19 antigens on blast cells while also binding and activating the CD3/T cell receptor complex, causing cell lysis. The antibody is being developed by Amgen as a treatment for haematological cancers that originate from B cell lines. Blinatumomab was approved by the US FDA in December 2014 for the treatment of adults with Philadelphia chromosome (Ph)-negative relapsed/refractory B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (BCP-ALL). It is awaiting approval for this indication in the EU and is in phase III development in various countries. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of blinatumomab leading to its first approval for the treatment of Ph-negative BCP-ALL.

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The preparation of this report was not supported by any external funding. During the peer review process the manufacturer of the agent under review was offered an opportunity to comment on the article. Changes resulting from any comments received were made by the author on the basis of scientific completeness and accuracy. M. Sanford is a salaried employee of Adis, Springer SBM.

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Sanford, M. Blinatumomab: First Global Approval. Drugs 75, 321–327 (2015).

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