Keytruda Receives FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation, Priority Review for First-Line NSCLC

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“The FDA today granted breakthrough therapy designation and priority review to pembrolizumab for the first-line treatment of patients with advanced non–small cell lung cancer whose tumors express PD-L1, according to the drug’s manufacturer.

“The phase 3 KEYNOTE-024 study — designed to compare pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck) monotherapy with standard chemotherapy — included 305 patients with advanced disease.

“All patients’ tumors expressed high levels of PD-L1, defined as a tumor proportion score of 50% or more, and no patients had received prior systemic chemotherapy for their disease.”

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Roche's New-Drug Strategy Buoyed by Lung-Cancer Study

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“Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG, seeking to expand uses for its drug Tecentriq beyond bladder cancer, said on Thursday a study had shown the new immunotherapy helped people with lung cancer live longer than with chemotherapy.

“The world’s biggest maker of cancer drugs is seeking U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of Tecentriq for advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer as early as October. It won the regulator’s blessing in May for its use in bladder cancer.

“The FDA has already granted the medicine accelerated review.”

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Merrimack Pharmaceuticals : FDA Grants Merrimack Fast Track Designation for Seribantumab (MM-121) in Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

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“Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: MACK) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted seribantumab, also known as MM-121, Fast Track designation for development in patients with heregulin-positive, locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose disease has progressed following immunotherapy. Fast Track is a program designed by the FDA to facilitate and expedite the development and review of drugs that treat serious conditions and fill an unmet medical need. Merrimack is conducting the SHERLOC trial, a global clinical study of seribantumab in combination with docetaxel or pemetrexed in heregulin-positive patients with NSCLC that is designed to support a Biologics License Application to the FDA. Seribantumab is Merrimack’s wholly owned, fully human monoclonal antibody that targets ErbB3.”

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Statement from FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, M.D. On the Release of the Final Individual Patient Expanded Access Form

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“Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized its efforts to streamline the process used by physicians to request expanded access, often called “compassionate use,” to investigational drugs and biologics for their patients. As a physician, I understand the importance of being able to access investigational treatments for a patient when there are no other options to treat their serious disease or condition.

“Access to investigational treatments requires the active cooperation of the FDA, industry, and health care professionals in order to be successful. But we know that navigating that process can be challenging and time consuming, and we are committed to reducing the procedural burdens on physicians and patients whenever possible.”

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Advanced Accelerator Applications Announces FDA Priority Review for Lutathera

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“Advanced Accelerator Applications S.A…, an international specialist in Molecular Nuclear Medicine (MNM), today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the company’s New Drug Application (NDA) and granted Priority Review for Lutathera, a Lu-177-labeled somatostatin analogue peptide currently under development for the treatment of gastro entero pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs), including foregut, midgut, and hindgut neuroendocrine tumors in adults. The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) target action date is December 28, 2016.

“Priority review is assigned to applications for drugs that treat serious conditions and would, if approved, provide significant improvements in the safety or effectiveness of the treatment, diagnosis or prevention of serious conditions.”

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FDA Approves Axumin to Detect Recurrent Prostate Cancer

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“The FDA today approved Axumin, an injectable radioactive diagnostic agent used to detect recurrent prostate cancer.

“The agent is indicated for PET imaging in men who have suspected prostate cancer recurrence based on elevated PSA levels following treatment.

“The FDA based its decision on results of two studies that evaluated the safety and efficacy of Axumin (Blue Earth Diagnostics). One study compared 105 Axumin scans to histopathology obtained by prostate biopsy and by biopsies of suspicious imaged lesions in men suspected of having prostate cancer recurrence. In the second study, researchers evaluated 96 Axumin scans with C11 choline scans in patients with a median PSA of 1.44 ng/mL.”

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US Widens Use of Boehringer's Lung Cancer Drug Gilotrif

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“US health officials have expanded the approved indications for Boehringer Ingelheim’s Gilotrif, clearing its use in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the lung.

“Gilotrif (afatinib), an oral, once-daily EGFR-directed therapy, is currently cleared in the US for the first-line treatment of specific types of EGFR mutation-positive non-small cell lung cancer.

“Approval for squamous cell carcinoma of the lung, a disease linked with a particularly bleak poor prognosis of one-year survival post diagnosis, was based on data from the head-to-head LUX-Lung 8 trial in patients whose tumours progressed after first-line chemotherapy.”

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NSCLC Drug Hits Speed Bump on Road to FDA Approval

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“The FDA should wait for results of an ongoing phase III clinical trial before deciding whether to approve the EGFR inhibitor rociletinib for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), advisers recommended today.

“The Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) voted 12-1 in favor of the delay, although several committee members acknowledged that the drug demonstrated activity in two phase II trials submitted in support of the application for accelerated approval. Others, however, expressed a desire to see more compelling efficacy data from the larger, phase III trial, and some expressed uncertainty about about how to interpret the drug’s safety, specifically a 33% incidence of QT-prolongation in the single-arm phase II trials.

“Additionally, FDA staff review of the trial data ‘revealed high variability of systemic exposure to rociletinib and its major metabolites. Rociletinib demonstrated nonlinear pharmacokinetics, as systemic exposures did not increase when the dose increased from 500 mg to 1000 mg.’ ”

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FDA Grants Priority Review for Genentech’s Cancer Immunotherapy Atezolizumab in Specific Type of Lung Cancer

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“Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the company’s Biologics License Application (BLA) and granted Priority Review for atezolizumab (anti-PDL1; MPDL3280A) for the treatment of people with locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose disease expresses the protein PD-L1 (programmed death ligand-1), as determined by an FDA-approved test, and who have progressed on or after platinum-containing chemotherapy.

“ ‘In a study of atezolizumab in people with previously treated advanced lung cancer, PD-L1 expression correlated with how well they responded to the medicine,’ said Sandra Horning, M.D., chief medical officer and head of Global Product Development. ‘The goal of PD-L1 as a biomarker is to identify people most likely to benefit from atezolizumab alone.’ ”

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