The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved AstraZeneca and Merck’s Lynparza (olaparib) in combination with Roche’s Avastin (bevacizumab) for the maintenance treatment of adults with advanced epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer who are in complete or partial response to first-line platinum-based chemotherapy and whose cancer has been tested to have either a deleterious or suspected deleterious BRCA mutation and/or genomic instability.
Hundreds of studies and results were presented at the 61st American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Genentech’s Tecentriq plus chemotherapy as a first-line treatment of metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer.
MacroGenics’ metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer drug margetuximab continued to show promise in a second pre-planned interim overall survival analysis of the Phase III SOPHIA trial.
Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Phase III CheckMate -548 study of Opdivo (nivoumab) added to current standard of care to treat brain cancer – newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme – did not meet one of the primary endpoints, progression-free survival. The clinical trial will continue to evaluate the other primary endpoint, overall survival.
Merck & Co. announced presentation of the full results from the pivotal Phase 3 KEYNOTE-426 trial investigating the company’s anti-PD-1 therapy Keytruda in combination with Inlyta, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, for the first-line treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) at the 2019 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium.
Merck & Co. Inc. said the combination of the drugmaker’s cancer immunotherapy Keytruda with Pfizer Inc.’s Inlyta cut the risk of death nearly in half for patients with the most common form of kidney cancer when compared with treatment with the chemotherapy drug Sutent.
AbbVie Inc.’s blockbuster cancer treatment Imbruvica in combination with chemotherapy agents failed to meet the main goal in a late-stage study of patients with a form of pancreatic cancer.
An Opdivo-Yervoy combo yielded a significantly longer treatment-free survival period for patients with previously untreated advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma than standard of care sunitinib.
AbbVie, a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, announced that the Phase 3 iLLUMINATE (PCYC-1130) trial met its primary endpoint of improvement in progression-free survival.