PARIS, June 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sanofi-aventis (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted marketing authorization for Jevtana® (cabazitaxel) Injection in combination with prednisone for the treatment of patients with metastatic hormone-refractory prostate cancer (mHRPC) previously treated with a docetaxel-containing treatment regimen.
Jevtana, a microtubule inhibitor, in combination with prednisone was approved based on results from the Phase 3 TROPIC clinical study involving 755 patients with mHRPC previously treated with a docetaxel-containing treatment regimen. Results from this trial demonstrated a statistically significant 30% [HR=0.70 (95% CI: 0.59-0.83); P<0.0001] reduction in risk of death from mHRPC among patients taking Jevtana in combination with prednisone compared with an active chemotherapy regimen consisting of a standard dose of mitoxantrone and prednisone. Investigator-assessed tumor response rates using Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) were 14.4% and 4.4% for cabazitaxel-treated and mitoxantrone-treated patients respectively, p=0.0005. No complete responses were observed on either arm.
"This is truly a significant announcement for the prostate cancer community, addressing an unmet medical need. With the approval of Jevtana, health care professionals now have a new treatment option for patients with the most advanced stage of prostate cancer and for whom there have been few options," said Oliver Sartor, M.D., TROPIC North American principal investigator, Piltz Professor for Cancer Research at Tulane Medical School, New Orleans. "Jevtana in combination with prednisone is the only FDA approved regimen to significantly improve overall survival in patients previously treated with docetaxel-based chemotherapy regimen."
"This is a proud time for sanofi-aventis Oncology. Phase III study results with Jevtana were significant for a prostate cancer compound since it successfully demonstrated a survival benefit compared to active control in a second-line treatment setting," said Debasish Roychowdhury, M.D., Senior Vice President, Global Oncology, sanofi-aventis. "Jevtana builds on sanofi-aventis Oncology's long legacy of providing innovative oncology medicines to patients around the world."
In the TROPIC Study, the most common (greater than or equal to 10%) adverse reactions (grade 1-4) were neutropenia, anemia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, diarrhea, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, constipation, asthenia, abdominal pain, hematuria, back pain, anorexia, peripheral neuropathy, pyrexia, dyspnea, dysguesia, cough, arthralgia, and alopecia.
The most common (greater than or equal to 5%) grade 3-4 adverse reactions in patients who received Jevtana were neutropenia, leukopenia, anemia, febrile neutropenia, diarrhea, fatigue, and asthenia. The most common adverse reactions leading to treatment discontinuation in the Jevtana group were neutropenia and renal failure. Treatment discontinuations due to adverse drug reactions occurred in 18% of patients who received Jevtana and 8% of patients who received mitoxantrone. Deaths due to causes other than disease progression within 30 days of last study drug dose were reported in 18 (5%) Jevtana patients and three (less than 1%) mitoxantrone-treated patients. The most common fatal adverse reactions in Jevtana patients were infections (n=5) and renal failure (n=4). One death was due to diarrhea-induced dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.
About Jevtana® (cabazitaxel) Injection
Jevtana is approved in combination with prednisone for the treatment of patients with metastatic hormone-refractory prostate cancer (mHRPC) previously treated with a docetaxel-based treatment regimen. Jevtana is to be administered intravenously. Jevtana was granted fast track designation by the FDA in November 2009. The rolling new drug application (NDA) submission was completed in March 2010 and was granted priority review in April 2010; Jevtana was approved by the FDA less than three months later. Jevtana is expected to be available as a marketed product in the United States this summer. A registration dossier of Jevtana is also under regulatory review by other regulatory authorities, including the European Medicines Agency.
Important Safety Information for Jevtana (cabazitaxel) Injection
Please see the accompanying full prescribing information for Jevtana, or visit: http://products.sanofi-aventis.us/jevtana/jevtana.pdf.
- JEVTANA should not be used in patients with neutrophil counts of less than or equal to 1,500/mm(3).
- JEVTANA is contraindicated in patients who have a history of severe hypersensitivity reactions to cabazitaxel or to other drugs formulated with polysorbate 80.
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
- Neutropenic deaths have been reported.
- Monitor blood counts frequently to determine if initiation of G-CSF and/or dosage modification is needed.
- Primary prophylaxis with G-CSF should be considered in patients with high-risk clinical features.
- Severe hypersensitivity reactions can occur.
- Premedicate with corticosteroids and H2 antagonists.
- Discontinue infusion immediately if hypersensitivity is observed and treat as indicated.
- Mortality related to diarrhea has been reported.
- Rehydrate and treat with anti-emetics and anti-diarrheals as needed.
- If experiencing Grade greater than or equal to 3 diarrhea, dosage should be modified.
- Renal failure, including cases with fatal outcomes, has been reported. Identify cause and manage aggressively.
- Patients greater than or equal to 65 years of age were more likely to experience fatal outcomes not related to disease progression and certain adverse reactions, including neutropenia and febrile neutropenia. Monitor closely.
- Patients with impaired hepatic function were excluded from the randomized clinical trial.
- Hepatic impairment is likely to increase the cabazitaxel concentrations.
- JEVTANA should not be given to patients with hepatic impairment.
- JEVTANA can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman.
- Deaths due to causes other than disease progression within 30 days of last study drug dose were reported in 18 (5%) JEVTANA-treated patients. The most common fatal adverse reactions in JEVTANA-treated patients were infections (n=5) and renal failure (n=4).
- The most common (greater than or equal to 10%) grade 1-4 adverse reactions were anemia, leukopenia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, diarrhea, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, constipation, asthenia, abdominal pain, hematuria, back pain, anorexia, peripheral neuropathy, pyrexia, dyspnea, dysguesia, cough, arthralgia, and alopecia.
- The most common (greater than or equal to 5%) grade 3-4 adverse reactions in patients who received JEVTANA were neutropenia, leukopenia, anemia, febrile neutropenia, diarrhea, fatigue, and asthenia.
The Incidence of Prostate Cancer
Worldwide, prostate cancer ranks third in cancer incidence and sixth in cancer mortality in men. In the U.S., prostate cancer remains the second most common cause of cancer death among men after lung cancer. In 2009, an estimated 192,000 new cases were anticipated in the U.S., while 27,000 men were expected to have died from the disease. For many patients with prostate cancer, their disease continues to progress despite prior treatment – including surgical and/or hormonal castration followed by chemotherapy. Metastatic prostate cancer indicates that the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes or other parts of the body, particularly the bones. Castration resistant/hormone-refractory prostate cancer means that the cancer has continued to grow despite the suppression of male hormones that fuel the growth of prostate cancer cells. An estimated 10-20% of patients with prostate cancer are diagnosed when the cancer has already metastasized.
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