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Mar 2, 2015
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ABRAXANE® Approved by European Commission for First-Line Treatment of Patients with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Nanotechnology Therapy Now Available for Patients in European Union with Lung Cancer

BOUDRY, Switzerland--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Celgene International Sàrl, a wholly owned subsidiary of Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG), today announced that the European Commission (EC) has approved ABRAXANE® (paclitaxel formulated as albumin-bound nanoparticles, or nab-paclitaxel) in combination with carboplatin for the first-line treatment of non-small cell lung cancer in adult patients who are not candidates for potentially curative surgery and/or radiation therapy.

The ABRAXANE Marketing Authorisation has been updated across 28 member states in the European Union to include this new indication in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), adding to the existing indications for the treatment of metastatic pancreatic and breast cancers.

Lung cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women, however it is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in Europe. Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common form of lung cancer, accounting for 85 to 90% of all cases. The predominant cause of lung cancer is cigarette smoking, although environmental and occupational factors also can cause the cancer.

The EC decision follows the positive CHMP opinion received on 23 January and is based on the results of a multicenter, randomized, open-label study including 1,052 chemotherapy-naive patients with Stage IIIb/IV non-small cell lung cancer. The study compared ABRAXANE in combination with carboplatin versus solvent-based paclitaxel in combination with carboplatin as first-line treatment in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer. The primary efficacy endpoint, overall response rate, was significantly higher for patients in the ABRAXANE/carboplatin arm at 33%, compared with patients in the control arm, at 25%. The most common adverse reactions (≥ 20%) of ABRAXANE in combination with carboplatin for NSCLC were anaemia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, peripheral neuropathy, nausea, and fatigue.

Tuomo Pätsi, President of Celgene in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), said, "At Celgene, we are pleased that the EC's approval of ABRAXANE in NSCLC allows patients in Europe who have been diagnosed with this devastating disease to access this innovative nanotechnology medicine. The expanded application of ABRAXANE across three difficult to treat tumors - breast, pancreatic and lung cancers - reinforces the value ABRAXANE provides and our commitment to advance transformational science, deliver life-enhancing medicines and serve patients with cancers the world over."

About ABRAXANE® (nab-paclitaxel)

ABRAXANE® is a nanotechnology agent that is currently the only albumin-based nanotechnology therapy approved for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer and pancreatic cancer in the United States, Europe and other markets around the world. It contains albumin-bound paclitaxel nanoparticles and is manufactured using patented nab® technology. ABRAXANE is formulated with albumin, a human protein, and is free of solvents.

ABRAXANE was first approved in January 2005 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of breast cancer after failure of combination chemotherapy for metastatic disease or relapse within 6 months of adjuvant chemotherapy. Prior therapy should have included an anthracycline unless clinically contraindicated. In Europe, ABRAXANE was approved in January 2008 as monotherapy for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer in adult patients who have failed first-line treatment for metastatic disease and for whom standard, anthracycline containing therapy is not indicated. ABRAXANE is now approved in more than 50 countries for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.

In October 2012, ABRAXANE was approved by the FDA for the first-line treatment of locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), in combination with carboplatin, in patients who are not candidates for curative surgery or radiation therapy. ABRAXANE is also approved for the treatment of NSCLC in Argentina, Australia, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore.

In September 2013, the FDA approved ABRAXANE as first-line treatment of patients with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the pancreas, in combination with gemcitabine. In December 2013, ABRAXANE in combination with gemcitabine was approved for first-line treatment of adult patients with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the pancreas in Europe. ABRAXANE is also approved for the treatment of metastatic pancreatic cancer in more than 40 countries.

Please refer to the Summary of Product Characteristics for full European prescribing information.

U.S. Regulatory Information for ABRAXANE

WARNING - NEUTROPENIA

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Neutrophil Counts

Hypersensitivity

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

Hematologic Effects

Nervous System

Sepsis

Pneumonitis

Hypersensitivity

Hepatic Impairment

Albumin (Human)

Use in Pregnancy: Pregnancy Category D

Use in Men

ADVERSE REACTIONS

Randomized Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) Study

Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) Study

Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Study

Postmarketing Experience With ABRAXANE and Other Paclitaxel Formulations

DRUG INTERACTIONS

USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

Nursing Mothers

Pediatric

Geriatric

Renal Impairment

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

Please see full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNING.

About Celgene

Celgene International Sàrl, located in Boudry, in the Canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, is a wholly-owned subsidiary and International Headquarters of Celgene Corporation. Celgene Corporation, headquartered in Summit, New Jersey, is an integrated global biopharmaceutical company engaged primarily in the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative therapies for the treatment of cancer and inflammatory diseases through gene and protein regulation. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.celgene.com. Follow Celgene on Social Media: @CelgenePinterestLinkedIn and YouTube.

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