Bristol-Myers Squibb announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) to include a new dosing schedule for Opdivo (nivolumab) as a 480mg infusion given 4 weeks for a majority of its indications. 

This update now provides patients with 2 dosing options: 480mg every 4 weeks as a flat dose or 240mg every 2 weeks, now available in a new 240mg vial. In addition, the FDA also approved Opdivo for a shorter 30-minute infusion for all approved indications. 

The new 480mg every 4 weeks dosing option is approved for the following Opdivo indications:

  • Metastatic melanoma (monotherapy or monotherapy phase after combination treatment with Yervoy [ipilimumab])
  • Previously treated metastatic non-small cell lung cancer
  • Advanced renal cell carcinoma following prior anti-angiogenic therapy
  • Previously treated locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma following disease progression during or after platinum-based chemotherapy
  • Classical Hodgkin lymphoma following relapse/progression after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and brentuximab vedotin, or three or more lines of systemic therapy that includes autologous HSCT
  • Recurrent/metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck following platinum-based therapy
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma after prior sorafenib therapy
  • Adjuvant therapy for patients with completely resected melanoma with lymph node involvement or metastatic disease

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Opdivo, a human programmed death receptor-1 (PD-1)-blocking antibody, is available as a 10mg/mL strength for intravenous (IV) injection in 4mL, 10mL, and 24mL single-use vials. 

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