publication date: Sep. 22, 2016

Breast Cancer Abemaciclib Phase III Trial Continues After Interim Efficacy Criteria Not Met

Eli Lilly and Co. said that following a pre-planned interim analysis of the MONARCH 2 trial, an independent data monitoring committee provided the recommendation to continue the study without modification as the interim efficacy criteria were not met.

The phase III trial compares abemaciclib plus fulvestrant versus placebo with fulvestrant in women with hormone-receptor-positive (HR+), human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative (HER2-) locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer.

“We had stringent criteria set for this interim analysis and we look forward to receiving the final MONARCH 2 results in the first half of 2017,” Richard Gaynor, senior vice president, product development and medical affairs for Lilly Oncology, said in a statement. “We remain optimistic that treatment with abemaciclib, in combination with fulvestrant could offer improved outcomes for patients.”

The double-blind study, designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of abemaciclib in combination with fulvestrant, was conducted across 142 sites worldwide. The intent-to-treat population of 669 patients was randomized to receive abemaciclib or placebo orally every 12 hours on a continuous dosing schedule, given in combination with fulvestrant at the approved dose and schedule, until disease progression. Patients enrolled in the study had experienced disease progression on or within 12 months of receiving endocrine treatment in the neoadjuvant or adjuvant setting or … Continue reading CCL 39-08 Abemaciclib Phase III Trial Continues After Interim Efficacy Criteria Not Met

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