GSK’s Blenrep Wins BCMA Race, Carries Ocular Toxicity Warning
US FDA-approved belantamab mafodotin is indicated for heavily pre-treated multiple myeloma and has a list price of $23,900 per month. Its REMS could limit initial uptake, but response rates have been encouraging.
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