Fedratinib, an oral Janus kinase-2 (JAK2) inhibitor, reduces splenomegaly and improves symptom burden in patients with myelofibrosis. Regulatory approval of fedratinib 400-mg daily was based on results of an updated analysis of the pivotal phase III, placebo-controlled JAKARTA trial in patients with JAK-inhibitor-naïve myelofibrosis. At week 24, spleen volume response rate was 47% and symptom response rate was 40% with fedratinib 400 mg, versus 1% and 9% respectively, with placebo. Common adverse events were diarrhoea, nausea, anaemia, and vomiting. No Wernicke encephalopathy occurred in patients receiving fedratinib 400 mg/day. These updated data support use of first-line fedratinib in patients with myelofibrosis.
- JAK inhibitor
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