Tuesday, June 25 • 10:30am - 11:30am
#228: Emerging Safety Challenges in New Oncology Treatments

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Component Type: Session
Level: Intermediate
CE: ACPE 1.00 Knowledge UAN: 0286-0000-19-591-L04-P; CME 1.00; IACET 1.00; RN 1.00

Immuno-oncology (IO) agents are emerging as essential tools to treat a wide range of solid tumors and their indications for use continue to expand. However, the antitumor immune activity of these agents can also be a threat to healthy tissue, resulting in novel presentations of adverse reactions, sometimes with highly undesirable outcomes. Early recognition and intervention can have a dramatic effect outcomes, particularly for very rare events that are progressive. However, presentation can mimic other less serious conditions that do not require early intervention. Thus, these immune-mediated phenomena have become the focus of intense exploration.

This session will provide a very brief conceptual overview of these agents, followed by two presentations. the first presentation will include methodological considerations for identifying potential predictors, such as transcriptomic biomarkers or specific interleukins, etc., that might aid prevention, facilitate early detection, or predict mortality. The second presentation will provide regulatory considerations in ensuring that benefits of these products outweigh their risks. Both presentations will include examples to illustrate key points. The session will conclude with an opportunity for Q&A.

Learning Objectives

Outline basic mechanistic aspects related to the efficacy and safety of immuno-oncology agents; Describe methodological considerations when identifying utility of markers that can help in the prevention or early diagnosis of IO-associated adverse events; Discuss considerations in benefit-risk assessment and communication for these agents.


William Gregory, PhD


Checkpoint Inhibitor-Associated Myocarditis: Prevention or Early Detection?
Tarek Hammad, MD, PhD, MS, MSc, FISPE

Regulatory Challenges in Benefit/Risk Assessment and Labeling of Immuno-Oncology Agents
Meredith K. Chuk, MD, MHS


Meredith Chuk

Acting Associate Director for Safety, OHOP, CDER, FDA
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William Gregory

Worldwide Medical and Safety, Pfizer Inc
He received formal training in infectious diseases and molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis and has more than 15 years of experience directing global product development and registration programs. He also has extensive experience in pharmacovigilance and health informatics as well... Read More →
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Tarek Hammad

Therapeutic Area Strategy Lead, Global Pharmacovigilance, Sanofi Genzyme
Dr. Hammad joined Sanofi-Genzyme, in 2019, as a Therapeutic Area Strategy Lead in the Global Pharmacovigilance group. Prior to this, he served as the Head of Signal Detection and Benefit-Risk Assessment in Merck KGaA/EMD Serono. Previously, he was an Executive Director of Pharmacoepidemiology... Read More →

Meredith Chuk

Acting Associate Director for Safety, OHOP, CDER, FDA
Dr. Meredith Chuk is the Acting Associate Director for Safety in the Office of Hematology and Oncology Products in CDER at the FDA.

Tuesday June 25, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 6D San Diego Convention Center 111 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 USA