Tesaro’s Zejula for Recurrent Ovarian Cancer Now Available in Germany

Tesaro’s Zejula for Recurrent Ovarian Cancer Now Available in Germany
Zejula (niraparib), an oral therapy for patients with recurrent ovarian cancer, is now available in Germany, according to Tesaro, the biopharma that developed the therapy. "The introductions of Zejula in Germany and the UK are significant milestones for TESARO as we bring transformative therapies to patients with cancer around the globe," Orlando Oliveira, senior vice president and general manager of Tesaro International, said in a press release. "With two approved products in Europe, we are working quickly to make our medicines available in the 17 European countries where we have a direct presence." In November, the European Commission approved Zejula as a monotherapy to be included in the maintenance treatment of patients with cancer recurrence but who are now in complete or partial response after treatment with platinum-based chemotherapy. The target patients include those with recurrent ovarian epithelial, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer. Zejula is the first oral PARP inhibitor approved as a treatment in Europe that is available regardless of the mutational status of the BRCA gene or the presence of other specific biomarkers. The therapy eliminates cancer cells by impairing their ability to repairing their DNA. The treatment was approved in the U.S. for recurrent ovarian cancer patients in March 2017. Zejula’s approvals were based on the results of the int
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