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On October 14, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration extended the approval of pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA®, Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.) for the following indications: 
The FDA released new educational materials in Spanish to help educate patients and health care providers about biosimilar medications. The agency published the Biosimilars Patient Materials webpage in Spanish  and developed a version in Spanish of the What is a Biosimilar? infographic, Biosimilars Basics infographic and the biosimilars consumer update to help educate patients and health care providers about these important types of medications used to treat conditions such as cancer, Crohn’s disease, colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and more.
On October 2, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration approved the combination of nivolumab (OPDIVO, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.) plus ipilimumab (YERVOY, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.) as first-line treatment for adult patients with unresectable malignant pleural mesothelioma. Read more. 
The following is a message from the Director of the FDA Oncology Center of Excellence, Dr. Richard Pazdur:
ASCO has been notified about a recent safety update relating to the drug COPIKTRATM (duvelisib) under the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) program. A REMS Safety Information Fact Sheet has been released to address the following risks of fatal and/or serious toxicities associated with use of COPIKTRATM: (1) infections, (2) diarrhea or colitis, (3) cutaneous reactions, (4) and pneumonitis reactions.
On September 1, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration approved azacitidine tablets (ONUREG®, Celgene Corporation) for continued treatment of patients with acute myeloid leukemia who achieved first complete remission (CR) or complete remission with incomplete blood count recovery (CRi) following intensive induction chemotherapy and are not able to complete intensive curative therapy. Read more. 
On August 20, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration approved  carfilzomib (KYPROLIS, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) and daratumumab (DARZALEX, Janssen Biotech, Inc.) in combination with dexamethasone for adult patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma who have received one to three lines of therapy. Read more. 
On August 5, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration approved belantamab mafodotin-blmf (Blenrep, GlaxoSmithKline) for adult patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma who have received at least 4 prior therapies, including an anti-CD38 monoclonal antibody, a proteasome inhibitor, and an immunomodulatory agent. Read more.