Aplidin® Shows Positive Results in Pivotal Phase III Clinical Trial for Multiple Myeloma

PharmaMar intends to submit a Marketing Authorization Application to the European Medicines Agency during the last quarter of this year

Mar 31, 2016, 09:30 ET from PharmaMar

MADRID, March 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

PharmaMar (MSE:PHM) today announced positive top-line results of its Phase III clinical trial -ADMYRE- with Aplidin® (plitidepsin) in combination with dexamethasone versus dexamethasone alone in patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (MM). Aplidin® has shown a statistically significant 35% reduction in the risk of progression or death over the comparator (p=0.0054). The study has met its primary endpoint.

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This pivotal, randomized, open-label, international, multicenter Phase III clinical trial, called ADMYRE, enrolled 255 patients in 83 medical centers across 19 countries (including the U.S, Europe and Asia-Pacific) with relapsed or relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma after at least three but no more than six prior therapeutic regimens.

The efficacy of plitidepsin in combination with dexamethasone versus dexamethasone alone has been evaluated by means of PFS calculated using the IMWG (International Myeloma Working Group) criteria and other secondary efficacy endpoints. A full description of the final ADMYRE data will be submitted for presentation at an upcoming medical meeting.

"Taking into account these positive results, we intend to submit a Marketing Authorization Application to the European Medicines Agency during the last quarter of this year", said Luis Mora, Managing Director of the Oncology Business Unit of PharmaMar, who added "I´d like to thank all the patients, physicians and the dedicated team at PharmaMar who helped participate in the success of this trial. Aplidin® may be our second drug of marine origin in the market".

As previously disclosed PharmaMar has entered into licensing agreements to market and distribute the drug candidate Aplidin® with Specialised Therapeutics Asia, covering several Asian countries, Australia and New Zealand; with TTY Biopharm in Taiwan; and with a co-promotion agreement in 8 European countries with Chugai Pharma Europe.   

About APLIDIN® (plitidepsin) 

Plitidepsin is an investigational anticancer agent of marine origin, originally obtained from the ascidian Aplidium albicans. It is a first-in-class drug specifically targeting eEF1A2 in tumor cells. Plitidepsin is currently in clinical development for hematological cancers, including this Phase III study in relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, a Phase Ib trial in relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma as a triple combination of plitidepsin, bortezomib and dexamethasone, and a Phase II study in relapsed or refractory angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma. Plitidepsin has received orphan drug designation by the EMA and the FDA.

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