THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Jan. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) today announced the presentation of detailed results of a Phase 3 study with Vectibix® (panitumumab) and best supportive care (BSC) compared to BSC alone. The study met its primary endpoint, demonstrating a statistically significant improvement in overall survival (OS) in patients with chemorefractory wild-type KRAS (exon 2) metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC; n=377 total). This is the first Phase 3 Vectibix study to include an analysis of efficacy of Vectibix by wild-type KRAS (exon 2) and in wild-type RAS tumor mutation status in its primary analysis, providing important information about OS in these populations. These results, in addition to secondary endpoint data, were presented at the 2016 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium (GICS) in San Francisco.
The study (GICS abstract #642) showed that patients with wild-type KRAS (exon 2) mCRC treated with Vectibix and BSC achieved a median OS of 10 months compared to 7.4 months for patients treated with BSC alone (hazard ratio [HR]=0.73, 95 percent confidence interval [CI]=0.57-0.93, p=0.0096). Data from a key secondary endpoint showed that patients with wild-type RAS (absence of mutations in exons 2, 3 and 4 of KRAS and NRAS) mCRC treated with Vectibix and BSC achieved a median OS of 10 months compared to 6.9 months for patients treated with BSC alone (n=270; HR=0.70, 95 percent CI=0.53-0.93, p=0.0135). Patients with mutant RAS mCRC did not benefit from Vectibix treatment (n=54; OS HR=0.99, 95 percent CI=0.49-2.00). The safety profile was comparable to the known safety profile of Vectibix when administered as a single agent, with skin, nail, gastrointestinal and electrolyte disorders being the most frequently reported adverse events.
"Amgen has played a significant role in the advancement of personalized medicine, applying cutting-edge science and technology in our efforts to target therapies to the patients who are most likely to benefit. Amgen is committed to understanding cancer biology through studies like this," said Sean E. Harper, M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development at Amgen. "As well as providing additional insights into the way Vectibix works in mCRC, these data support expanding biomarker screening to include wild-type RAS."
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide, with approximately 1.2 million cases occurring globally each year.1,2 Approximately 20 percent of colon cancers are diagnosed at the metastatic stage, when the disease has already spread to distant organs, a diagnosis associated with only a 12 percent five-year survival rate.3 Using molecular approaches to identify unique genetic signatures in mCRC has the potential to help improve treatment outcomes. Of the few biomarkers in colorectal cancer, RAS genes (KRAS, NRAS) have a validated impact on treatment outcomes.4,5
Abstracts are currently available on the GICS website.
About '0007 Study (NCT01412957)
This Phase 3 global, multicenter, randomized, open-label study was designed to evaluate OS with Vectibix and BSC compared to BSC alone in patients with chemorefractory wild-type KRAS (exon 2) mCRC.
Key secondary endpoints included progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with wild-type KRAS mCRC, as well as OS and PFS in patients with wild-type RAS (absence of mutations in exons 2, 3 and 4 of KRAS and NRAS) mCRC, objective response rate (ORR) and safety in both wild-type KRAS (exon 2) and wild-type RAS groups.
Patients were randomized 1:1 to receive 6 mg/kg of Vectibix every 14 days and BSC, or BSC alone (as defined by the investigator). There were a total of 377 patients enrolled:
- 324 out of 377 subjects with RAS mutation status determined (86 percent ascertainment rate)
- Out of 324
- 270 had wild-type RAS (83 percent)
- 54 were found to be mutant RAS (17 percent)
- 189 patients for KRAS (exon 2) group for Vectibix and BSC
Treatment with Vectibix combined with BSC in patients with wild-type KRAS resulted in median PFS of 3.6 months versus 1.7 months with BSC alone (HR=0.51, 95 percent CI=0.41-0.64, p=0.0001). In patients with wild-type RAS, the Vectibix combination resulted in median PFS of 5.2 months versus 1.7 months with BSC alone (HR=0.46, 95 percent CI=0.35-0.59, p=0.0001).
For patients with wild-type KRAS, ORRs were 27.0 percent with Vectibix versus 1.6 percent with BSC (HR=24.9, 95 percent CI=7.5-123.8, p<0.0001). For patients with wild-type RAS, ORRs were 31.0 percent with Vectibix versus 2.3 percent for BSC (ODDS Ratio=20.0, 95 percent CI=5.9-101.6, p<0.0001).
Patients with mutant RAS mCRC did not benefit from Vectibix treatment (OS HR=0.99, 95 percent CI=0.49-2.00). No new safety signals were seen in this study. The safety profile was comparable to the known safety profile of Vectibix when administered as a single agent, with skin, nail, gastrointestinal and electrolyte disorders being the most frequently reported adverse events.
About Vectibix® (panitumumab)
Vectibix is the first fully human monoclonal anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) antibody approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). Vectibix was approved in the U.S. in September 2006 as a monotherapy for the treatment of patients with EGFR-expressing mCRC after disease progression after prior treatment with fluoropyrimidine-, oxaliplatin-, and irinotecan-containing chemotherapy.
In May 2014, the FDA approved Vectibix for use in combination with FOLFOX, as first-line treatment in patients with wild-type KRAS (exon 2) mCRC. With this approval, Vectibix became the first-and-only biologic therapy indicated for use with FOLFOX, one of the most commonly used chemotherapy regimens, in the first-line treatment of mCRC for patients with wild-type KRAS mCRC.
Important U.S. Product Information
Vectibix is indicated for the treatment of patients with wild-type KRAS (exon 2 in codons 12 or 13) metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) as determined by an FDA-approved test for this use:
- As first-line therapy in combination with FOLFOX
- As monotherapy following disease progression after prior treatment with fluoropyrimidine-, oxaliplatin-, and irinotecan-containing chemotherapy
Limitation of Use: Vectibix is not indicated for the treatment of patients with RAS-mutant mCRC or for whom RAS mutation status is unknown.
WARNING: DERMATOLOGIC TOXICITY
Dermatologic Toxicity: Dermatologic toxicities occurred in 90 percent of patients and were severe (NCI-CTC grade 3 or higher) in 15% of patients receiving Vectibix monotherapy.
In Study 1, dermatologic toxicities occurred in 90% of patients and were severe (NCI-CTC grade 3 and higher) in 15% of patients with mCRC receiving Vectibix. The clinical manifestations included, but were not limited to, acneiform dermatitis, pruritus, erythema, rash, skin exfoliation, paronychia, dry skin and skin fissures.
Monitor patients who develop dermatologic or soft tissue toxicities while receiving Vectibix for the development of inflammatory or infectious sequelae. Life-threatening and fatal infectious complications including necrotizing fasciitis, abscesses and sepsis have been observed in patients treated with Life-threatening and fatal bullous mucocutaneous disease with blisters, erosions and skin sloughing has also been observed in patients treated with Vectibix. It could not be determined whether these mucocutaneous adverse reactions were directly related to EGFR inhibition or to idiosyncratic immune-related effects (e.g., Stevens-Johnson syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis). Withhold or discontinue Vectibix for dermatologic or soft tissue toxicity associated with severe or life-threatening inflammatory or infectious complications. Dose modifications for Vectibix concerning dermatologic toxicity are provided in the product labeling. Vectibix is not indicated for the treatment of patients with colorectal cancer that harbor somatic mutations in exon 2 (codons 12 and 13), exon 3 (codons 59 and 61), and exon 4 (codons 117 and 146) of either KRAS or NRAS and hereafter is referred to as "RAS."
Retrospective subset analyses across several randomized clinical trials were conducted to investigate the role of RAS mutations on the clinical effects of anti-EGFR-directed monoclonal antibodies (panitumumab or cetuximab). Anti-EGFR antibodies in patients with tumors containing RAS mutations resulted in exposing those patients to anti-EGFR related adverse reactions without clinical benefit from these agents.
Additionally, in Study 3, 272 patients with RAS-mutant mCRC tumors received Vectibix in combination with FOLFOX and 276 patients received FOLFOX alone. In an exploratory subgroup analysis, OS was shorter (HR = 1.21, 95% CI 1.01-1.45) in patients with RAS-mutant mCRC who received Vectibix and FOLFOX versus FOLFOX alone.
Progressively decreasing serum magnesium levels leading to severe (Grade 3-4) hypomagnesemia occurred in up to 7% (in Study 2) of patients across clinical trials. Monitor patients for hypomagnesemia and hypocalcemia prior to initiating Vectibix treatment, periodically during Vectibix treatment, and for up to 8 weeks after the completion of treatment. Other electrolyte disturbances, including hypokalemia, have also been observed. Replete magnesium and other electrolytes as appropriate.
In Study 1, 4% of patients experienced infusion reactions and 1% of patients experienced severe infusion reactions (NCI-CTC grade 3-4). Infusion reactions, manifesting as fever, chills, dyspnea, bronchospasm, and hypotension, can occur following Vectibix administration. Fatal infusion reactions occurred in postmarketing experience. Terminate the infusion for severe infusion reactions.
Severe diarrhea and dehydration, leading to acute renal failure and other complications, have been observed in patients treated with Vectibix in combination with chemotherapy.
Fatal and non-fatal cases of interstitial lung disease (ILD) (1%) and pulmonary fibrosis have been observed in patients treated with Vectibix. Pulmonary fibrosis occurred in less than 1% (2/1467) of patients enrolled in clinical studies of Vectibix. In the event of acute onset or worsening of pulmonary symptoms, interrupt Vectibix therapy. Discontinue Vectibix therapy if ILD is confirmed.
In patients with a history of interstitial pneumonitis or pulmonary fibrosis, or evidence of interstitial pneumonitis or pulmonary fibrosis, the benefits of therapy with Vectibix versus the risk of pulmonary complications must be carefully considered.
Exposure to sunlight can exacerbate dermatologic toxicity. Advise patients to wear sunscreen and hats and limit sun exposure while receiving Vectibix.
Keratitis and ulcerative keratitis, known risk factors for corneal perforation, have been reported with Vectibix use. Monitor for evidence of keratitis or ulcerative keratitis. Interrupt or discontinue Vectibix for acute or worsening keratitis.
In an interim analysis of an open-label, multicenter, randomized clinical trial in the first-line setting in patients with mCRC, the addition of Vectibix to the combination of bevacizumab and chemotherapy resulted in decreased OS and increased incidence of NCI-CTC grade 3–5 (87% vs 72%) adverse reactions. NCI-CTC grade 3–4 adverse reactions occurring at a higher rate in Vectibix-treated patients included rash/acneiform dermatitis (26% vs 1%), diarrhea (23% vs 12%), dehydration (16% vs 5%; primarily occurring in patients with diarrhea), hypokalemia (10% vs 4%), stomatitis/mucositis (4% vs < 1%), and hypomagnesemia (4% vs 0).
NCI-CTC grade 3–5 pulmonary embolism occurred at a higher rate in Vectibix-treated patients (7% vs 3%) and included fatal events in three (< 1%) Vectibix-treated patients.
As a result of the toxicities experienced, patients randomized to Vectibix, bevacizumab and chemotherapy received a lower mean relative dose intensity of each chemotherapeutic agent (oxaliplatin, irinotecan, bolus 5-FU, and/or infusional 5-FU) over the first 24 weeks on study, compared with those randomized to bevacizumab and chemotherapy.
Advise patients of the need for adequate contraception in both males and females while receiving Vectibix and for 6 months after the last dose of Vectibix therapy. Vectibix may be transmitted from the mother to the developing fetus, and has the potential to cause fetal harm when administered to pregnant women.
Because many drugs are excreted into human milk and because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from Vectibix, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother. If nursing is interrupted, it should not be resumed earlier than 2 months following the last dose of Vectibix.
Women who become pregnant during Vectibix treatment are encouraged to enroll in Amgen's Pregnancy Surveillance Program. Women who are nursing during Vectibix treatment are encouraged to enroll in Amgen's Lactation Surveillance Program. Patients or their physicians should call 1-800-77-AMGEN (1-800-772-6436) to enroll.
In Study 1, the most common adverse reactions (> 20%) with Vectibix were skin rash with variable presentations, paronychia, fatigue, nausea, and diarrhea. The most common (> 5%) serious adverse reactions in the Vectibix arm were general physical health deterioration and intestinal obstruction.
In Study 3, the most commonly reported adverse reactions (> 20%) in patients with wild-type KRAS mCRC receiving Vectibix (6 mg/kg every 2 weeks) and FOLFOX therapy (N = 322) were diarrhea, stomatitis, mucosal inflammation, asthenia, paronychia, anorexia, hypomagnesemia, hypokalemia, rash, acneiform dermatitis, pruritus and dry skin. Serious adverse reactions (> 2% difference between treatment arms) in Vectibix-treated patients with wild-type KRAS mCRC were diarrhea and dehydration.
To see the Vectibix Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warning visit www.vectibix.com.
In the EU, Vectibix is currently indicated for the treatment of adult patients with wild-type RAS mCRC:
- in first-line in combination with FOLFOX and FOLFIRI.
- in second-line in combination with FOLFIRI for patients who have received first-line fluoropyrimidine-based chemotherapy (excluding irinotecan).
- as monotherapy after failure of fluoropyrimidine-, oxaliplatin-, and irinotecan-containing chemotherapy regimens.
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