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European Commission approves daratumumab in combination with bortezomib, thalidomide and dexamethasone (VTd) for patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma who are transplant eligible

It has been announced today that the European Commission (EC) has approved daratumumab in combination with bortezomib, thalidomide and dexamethasone (VTd) for the treatment of patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma who are eligible for autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT).

This approval is based on results from Part one of the Phase 3 CASSIOPEIA study, published in The Lancet in June 2019 and presented at the 2019 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Meeting.

“The effectiveness of first-line treatment is critical to maximise time until relapse. So, we asked ourselves, can we improve the standard of care that is bortezomib, thalidomide and dexamethasone (VTd) to provide patients with valuable extra time?” said Philippe Moreau, M.D., principal investigator and Head of the Haematology Department at the University Hospital of Nantes, France. “The CASSIOPEIA study answered that question definitively, demonstrating that the addition of daratumumab in combination with VTd can lead to very deep remissions and also prolong PFS. I’m pleased to see the European Commission have recognised this as well.”

“Today’s approval marks the first opportunity for newly diagnosed, transplant eligible patients to be treated with a monoclonal antibody, and the first new treatment for this patient population in over six years,” said Dr Patrick Laroche, Haematology Therapy Area Lead, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Janssen-Cilag. “We are thrilled that newly diagnosed patients with multiple myeloma and their doctors will have a long-awaited additional frontline therapy.”

The Phase 3 CASSIOPEIA trial is a two-part study.

Results from this first part of the trial showed that after consolidation, the stringent complete response (sCR) rate was significantly higher in the daratumumab-VTd arm (29 percent) compared to VTd alone (20 percent) (Odds Ratio [OR] = 1.60; 95 percent confidence interval [CI], 1.21-2.12; P<0.0010).

At a median follow-up of 18.8 months, PFS was significantly improved in the daratumumab-VTd group compared to VTd alone (Hazard Ratio [HR] = 0.47; 95 percent CI, 0.33-0.67; P<0.0001), and the median PFS was not reached in either arm.

The addition of daratumumab to VTd resulted in an 18-month PFS rate of 93 percent compared to 85 percent for VTd alone.

The most common (≥10%) Grade 3/4 treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs) for daratumumab-VTd and VTd, respectively, were neutropenia (28 percent vs. 15 percent), lymphopenia (17 percent vs. 10 percent), stomatitis (13 percent vs. 16 percent) and thrombocytopenia (11 percent vs. 7 percent).

In the daratumumab-VTd combination arm, infusion-related reactions occurred in 35 percent of patients.

“This approval represents our commitment to investigate daratumumab in earlier disease stages of multiple myeloma and to develop more effective frontline treatment options for newly diagnosed patients who are eligible for transplantation,” adds Craig Tendler, M.D., Vice President, Clinical Development and Global Medical Affairs, Oncology, Janssen Research & Development, LLC.

Source: Janssen

Watch our interview with Prof Philippe Moreau on the CASSIOPEIA study at ASCO 2019 here.

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