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Written by Kathleen Doheny with Maria Fleseriu, MD, FACE, and Vivien Herman-Bonert, MD Cushing's disease, an uncommon but hard to treat endocrine disorder, occurs when a tumor on the pituitary gland, called an adenoma—that is almost always benign—leads to an overproduction of ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone), which is responsible for stimulating the release of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. Until now, surgery to remove the non-cancerous but problematic tumor has been the only effective treatment. Still, many patients will require medication to help control their serum
Committee votes unanimously in favor of Signifor (pasireotide) as the first medication to treat US patients with Cushing's disease Pasireotide represents the first targeted approach for this potentially debilitating endocrine disorder caused by a pituitary tumor that triggers excess cortisol, Majority of patients in the Phase III clinical trial experienced a rapid and sustained decrease in mean cortisol levels with subset of patients achieving normalization Basel, November 7, 2012 - The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committe