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Drugs Today 2016, 52(1): 17
ISSN 1699-3993
Copyright 2016 Clarivate Analytics
CCC: 1699-3993
DOI: 10.1358/dot.2016.52.1.2440714
Olaparib for the treatment of ovarian cancer
Bornstein, E., Jimeno, A.
Olaparib, an oral poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor, is the first FDA-approved drug in its class for patients with ovarian cancer, specifically in a subset of patients with BRCA mutations and prior chemotherapy treatments. PARP inhibitors have had other implications in different solid tumor types including breast, gastric and pancreatic malignancies. In light of the recent FDA approval of olaparib for the treatment of ovarian cancer, this article aims to outline the mechanisms and implications of the drug. With a favorable adverse event profile and improved outcomes, including progression-free survival, olaparib has demonstrated augmentation to therapeutic options in the treatment of ovarian cancer.

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