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Trastuzumab deruxtecan (ENHERTU®), a HER2-directed antibody and DNA topoisomerase I inhibitor conjugate, is being developed for the treatment of HER2-expressing solid tumours, including breast cancer, gastric cancer, colorectal cancer and non-small cell lung cancer by Daiichi Sankyo Company Ltd in collaboration with AstraZeneca. Based primarily on the results of the phase 2 DESTINY-Breast01 trial, trastuzumab deruxtecan was recently approved in the USA under accelerated approval for the treatment of adult patients with unresectable or metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer who have received two or more prior anti-HER2-based regimens in the metastatic setting. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of trastuzumab deruxtecan leading to this first approval.


Susan J Keam. Trastuzumab Deruxtecan: First Approval. Drugs. 2020 Apr;80(5):501-508

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PMID: 32144719

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