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Roche announces positive results of lung cancer drug Tecentriq

04 July 2018 | News

The combination of Tecentriq plus chemotherapy Abraxane, as an initial (first-line) treatment, significantly reduced the risk of disease

Global pharma giant recently announced that its drug candidate for cancer- the combination of Tecentriq (atezolizumab) plus chemotherapy (Celgene’s Abraxane [albumin-bound paclitaxel; nab-paclitaxel]), as an initial (first-line) treatment, significantly reduced the risk of disease. It's the first PD-1/PD-L1 med to tally a win in TNBC, and that win could make it the first of the class to nab an indication strictly for breast cancer.

 Results demonstrated that worsening or death (PFS) in the intention-to treat and PD-L1 positive population with metastatic or unresectable locally advanced triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). Overall survival (OS) is encouraging in the PD-L1 positive population at this interim analysis, and follow up will continue until the next planned analysis.

Safety in the Tecentriq plus nab-paclitaxel arm appeared consistent with the known safety profiles of the individual medicines, and no new safety signals were identified with the combination. Results will be presented at an upcoming medical meeting and will be submitted to health authorities globally, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA), said Roche in its press release.

“IMpassion130 is the first positive Phase III immunotherapy study in triple negative breast cancer, an aggressive disease with limited treatment options,” said Sandra Horning, MD, Roche’s Chief Medical Officer and Head of Global Product Development. “Highly encouraged by these results, we plan to submit to health authorities globally with the aim of bringing this combination to people with triple negative breast cancer as soon as possible.”

This is the third positive Phase III study that includes Tecentriq and nab-paclitaxel as part of a treatment regimen. Currently, Roche has seven ongoing phase III studies investigating Tecentriq in TNBC.

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