BOUDRY, Switzerland, Dec 05, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Celgene International Sàrl (NASDAQ: CELG) today announced that data from a National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical study were presented by representatives of a network of researchers led by the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB) at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology.
In this Phase III, controlled, double-blind, multi-centre study, newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients who achieved at least stable disease (SD) following autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) were randomized to receive continuous daily treatment with REVLIMID® (lenalidomide) 10 mg (escalation or reduction to 5 or 15 mg as needed; n=231) or placebo (n=229) until relapse. The independent Data and Safety Monitoring Committee report of a planned interim analysis in November 2009 led to the announcement the study had met its primary endpoint and should be halted early and unblinded in December 2009. The data are from a third interim analysis of this study.
The median follow-up was 17.5 months from ASCT. Patients receiving continuous lenalidomide following ASCT experienced a 60% reduction in the risk of disease progression or death when compared to patients receiving placebo (p < 0.0001).
The median time to progression (TTP) was significantly higher for the lenalidomide arm at 42.3 months versus the estimated median TTP of 21.8 months for the placebo arm. Significant improvements in TTP were observed in the lenalidomide arm regardless of disease volume (expressed by beta-2 microglobulin). Patients who received prior thalidomide or lenalidomide induction therapy also experienced clinically significant improvements in TTP from lenalidomide continuous therapy.
As of December 17, 2009 there had been 13 deaths in the lenalidomide arm compared to 24 deaths in the placebo arm - resulting in a difference in overall survival (p<0.052). According to the study, as of November 2010, a statistical difference between the two arms may no longer be present due to approximately 78% (86/110) of patients in the placebo arm crossing over to active treatment with lenalidomide (p<0.078).
The most common grade 3-4 adverse events experienced by patients receiving lenalidomide or placebo in the study were neutropenia (43% 89/208 vs. 9% 17/197), thrombocytopenia (13% 26/208 vs. 4% 7/197) and infections (16% 33/208 vs. 5% 11/197). There were no grade 5 haematologic adverse events. The rate of grade 5 non-haematologic adverse events was similar between the two arms of the study (1% 3/208 vs. 2% 3/197).
The CALGB 100104 data are from an investigational study. REVLIMID® does not have marketing approval for the initial treatment of patients with multiple myeloma.
REVLIMID is an IMiDs® compound. REVLIMID and other IMiDs continue to be evaluated in over 100 clinical trials. The IMiDs pipeline is covered by a comprehensive intellectual property estate of issued and pending patent applications in the US, EU and other regions, including composition-of- matter and use patents.
REVLIMID is approved in combination with dexamethasone for the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma who have received at least one prior therapy in nearly 50 countries, encompassing Europe, the Americas, the Middle-East and Asia, and in combination with dexamethasone for the treatment of patients whose disease has progressed after one therapy in Australia and New Zealand.
REVLIMID is also approved in the United States, Canada and several Latin American countries, as well as Malaysia and Israel, for transfusion-dependent anaemia due to low- or intermediate-1-risk MDS associated with a deletion 5q cytogenetic abnormality with or without additional cytogenetic abnormalities. Marketing Authorization Applications are currently being evaluated in a number of other countries.
REVLIMID® (lenalidomide) in combination with dexamethasone is indicated for the treatment of multiple myeloma (MM) patients who have received at least one prior therapy.
REVLIMID is indicated for patients with transfusion-dependent anaemia due to Low- or Intermediate-1-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) associated with a deletion 5q cytogenetic abnormality with or without additional cytogenetic abnormalities.
Important Safety Information
WARNING: FETAL RISK, HEMATOLOGIC TOXICITY, and DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS AND PULMONARY EMBOLISM
Do not use REVLIMID during pregnancy. Lenalidomide, a thalidomide analogue, caused limb abnormalities in a developmental monkey study. Thalidomide is a known human teratogen that causes severe life-threatening human birth defects. If lenalidomide is used during pregnancy, it may cause birth defects or death to a developing baby. In women of childbearing potential, obtain 2 negative pregnancy tests before starting REVLIMID treatment. Women of childbearing potential must use 2 forms of contraception or continuously abstain from heterosexual sex during and for 4 weeks after REVLIMID treatment. To avoid fetal exposure to lenalidomide, REVLIMID is only available under a restricted distribution program called "RevAssist®."
Information about the RevAssist program is available at www.REVLIMID.com or by calling the manufacturer's toll-free number 1-888-423-5436.
HEMATOLOGIC TOXICITY (NEUTROPENIA AND THROMBOCYTOPENIA)
REVLIMID can cause significant neutropenia and thrombocytopenia. Eighty percent of patients with del 5q MDS had to have a dose delay/reduction during the major study. Thirty-four percent of patients had to have a second dose delay/reduction. Grade 3 or 4 hematologic toxicity was seen in 80% of patients enrolled in the study. Patients on therapy for del 5q MDS should have their complete blood counts monitored weekly for the first 8 weeks of therapy and at least monthly thereafter. Patients may require dose interruption and/or reduction. Patients may require use of blood product support and/or growth factors. (see DOSAGE and ADMINISTRATION)
DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS AND PULMONARY EMBOLISM
REVLIMID has demonstrated a significantly increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients with MM who were treated with REVLIMID and dexamethasone therapy. Patients and physicians are advised to be observant for the signs and symptoms of thromboembolism. Patients should be instructed to seek medical care if they develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, or arm or leg swelling. It is not known whether prophylactic anticoagulation or antiplatelet therapy prescribed in conjunction with REVLIMID may lessen the potential for venous thromboembolic events. The decision to take prophylactic measures should be done carefully after an assessment of an individual patient's underlying risk factors.
Pregnancy Category X:
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS:
Reproductive Risk and Special Prescribing Requirements (RevAssist Program):
Haematologic Toxicity--Multiple Myeloma:
Deep Vein Thrombosis:
Tumour Lysis Syndrome:
Tumour Flare Reaction:
USE IN SPECIAL POPULATIONS:
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION:
Please see full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNINGS, CONTRAINDICATIONS, PRECAUTIONS, and ADVERSE REACTIONS.
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