publication date: Nov. 9, 2018

Drugs & Targets

FDA approves Empliciti + pomalidomide and dexamethasone for multiple myeloma

FDA has approved Empliciti (elotuzumab) injection for intravenous use in combination with pomalidomide and dexamethasone for the treatment of adult patients with multiple myeloma who have received at least two prior therapies, including lenalidomide and a proteasome inhibitor.

Empliciti is sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

In ELOQUENT-3, a randomized, open-label, phase II trial, EPd demonstrated benefit in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, doubling both median progression-free survival and overall response rate versus pomalidomide and dexamethasone.

Empliciti with pomalidomide and dexamethasone is associated with Warnings and Precautions related to: infusion reactions, infections, secondary primary malignancies, hepatotoxicity, interference with determination of complete response, pregnancy/females and males of reproductive potential and adverse reactions.

Following priority review by the FDA, EPd is the first triplet combination to be approved based on a randomized clinical trial using Pd as a comparator.

Results from the trial include:

Progression-free survival (primary endpoint, investigator-assessed): EPd reduced the risk of disease progression by 46% (hazard ratio: 0.54; 95% confidence interval: 0.34 to 0.86, p=0.0078), demonstrating a median PFS of 10.25 months (95% CI: 5.59 to non-estimable) vs. 4.67 months (95% CI: 2.83 to 7.16) for Pd alone after a minimum follow-up of 9.1 months.

Overall response rate (secondary endpoint, investigator-assessed): Response rates doubled in patients receiving EPd (53.3%; n=32/60 [95% CI: 40.0 to 66.3]) compared with patients receiving Pd alone (26.3%; n=15/57 [95% CI: 15.5 to 39.7]; p=0.0029), with very good partial responses or better seen in 20% of EPd-treated patients (n=12) and 8.8% of Pd-treated patients (n=5).

Safety: Serious adverse reactions were reported in 22% of patients treated … Continue reading FDA approves Empliciti + pomalidomide and dexamethasone for multiple myeloma

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