Kyprolis for Combination use in Patients with Relapsed Multiple Myeloma Gets EC Approval

European Commission (EC) provided marketing authorization for Amgen’s Kyprolis® (carfilzomib) in combo with lenalidomide and dexamethasone for the therapy of adult sufferers with multiple myeloma who have obtained minimum one prior treatment. Kyprolis is the initial irreversible proteasome inhibitor accepted in the European Union (EU) for use in combo treatment of individuals with relapsed multiple myeloma.logo

Amgen’s Executive vice president of Research and Development Sean E. Harper, stated

The acceptance of Kyprolis in combo offers doctors and sufferers throughout Europe with an significant new therapy choice for relapsed multiple myeloma, assisting to deal with a real unmet require for this unusual blood cancer. Multiple myeloma is a complicated blood cancer that usually becomes resistant to therapy, which is why there is a require for new therapeutic choices that offer deep and long lasting responses to increase the time sufferers live without having their disease progressing.”

Multiple myeloma is a not curable blood cancer, characterized by a repeating pattern of remission and relapse. It is an unusual and extremely aggressive orphan condition that accounts for roughly 1% of all cancers. In Europe, roughly 39,000 sufferers are diagnosed with multiple myeloma every year and 24,000 sufferer deaths are claimed on an annual basis.

Prof. Meletios A. Dimopoulos, M.D. stated

In clinical research, roughly one out of three sufferers achieved a full response or much better on the Kyprolis in combo with lenalidomide and dexamethasone arm, which is 3 times more consistent than in the lenalidomide and dexamethasone arm. In add-on, the regimen offered sufferers with over two years without disease development. These outcomes are important for sufferers with relapsed multiple myeloma, who are experienced with worse results each time they experience a relapse.”

The EC accepted Kyprolis dependent on data from the pivotal Phase 3 ASPIRE (CArfilzomib, Lenalidomide, and DexamethSone Vs Lenalidomide and Dexamethasone for the therapy of Patients with Relapsed Multiple MyEloma) study. The research revealed that sufferers dealt with with Kyprolis in combo with lenalidomide and dexamethasone (regimen referred to as KRd) had improved median time to progressive disease (PD) or death by 8.7 months in comparison to sufferers handled with lenalidomide and dexamethasone (regimen referred to as Rd). The median progression-free survival (PFS) was 26.3 months in the KRd arm in comparison to 17.6 months in the Rd arm (HR: 0.69; 95 percent CI: 0.57 to 0.83; p=0.0001). The very common adverse events (AE) in the Kyprolis arm involved pneumonia (1%), myocardial infarction (0.8%) and upper respiratory tract infection (0.8%). Stopping of therapy due to AEs took place in 15% of sufferers in the KRd arm versus 18% of sufferers in the Rd arm.

Kyprolis obtained an accelerated evaluation from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and orphan drug status in 2008, given to drugs intended for the therapy, prevention or diagnosis of a condition that is life harmful and has an occurrence in the EU of no over five in 10,000 individuals.

Acceptance from the EC allows a centralized marketing authorization with specific labeling in the 28 nations that are members of the EU. Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as members of the European Economic Area (EEA), will take corresponding judgements on the basis of the choice of the EC.

Amgen plans to submit data from the Phase III ENDEAVOR (RandomizEd, OpeN Label, Phase 3 Research of Carfilzomib Plus DExamethAsone Vs Bortezomib Plus DexamethasOne in Sufferers With Relapsed Multiple Myeloma) study for potential authorization of Kyprolis in combo with dexamethasone in the EU. This data also assists as the basis of the supplemental New Drug Application of Kyprolis in combo with dexamethasone for sufferers with relapsed multiple myeloma, which has been approved for priority review by the US FDA.

Kyprolis is a product of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and it is a subsidiary of Amgen and holds development and marketing rights to Kyprolis worldwide, excluding Japan.