FDA Approval Makes Deciphera’s Qinlock First Fourth-Line GIST Drug
Qinlock (ripretinib), approved as the US FDA rejected Blueprint Medicines’ Ayvakit (avapritinib) in the same indication, is priced on par with the rival drug cleared in January for a narrower GIST use.
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