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AZ announces safety efficacy and safety data for durvalumab


AstraZeneca and its global biologics research and development arm, MedImmune, has announced updated efficacy and safety data for durvalumab in patients with locally-advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer (UC).

Updated results from the Phase I/II trial, presented at the 2017 ASCO Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, showed an objective response rate (ORR) of 20.4% in all evaluable patients (n=103) (95% confidence interval (CI): 13.1%, 29.5%) and 31.1% (95% CI: 19.9%, 44.3%) in patients whose tumours express PD-L1. At the time of data cut-off, median overall survival (OS) was 14.1 months (95% CI: 4.7, not estimable).

David Berman, Senior Vice President, Head of Oncology Innovative Medicines at MedImmune, said: “The durable responses observed in this larger data set from Study 1108 confirm the promising efficacy we’ve already seen for durvalumab in patients with advanced bladder cancer. We are continuing to test durvalumab in combination with tremelimumab and as monotherapy in the bladder cancer 1st-line setting in our ongoing Phase III DANUBE trial.”

Durvalumab 10mg/kg was administered intravenously every two weeks for up to 12 months, and demonstrated a manageable safety profile among all patients (n=191). The most common adverse events (AEs) reported in 5% or more of patients were fatigue (19.4%), decreased appetite (9.4%), diarrhoea (8.4%), rash (7.3%), nausea (6.8%), arthralgia (5.8%), pyrexia (5.8%) and pruritus (5.2%). Grade 3 or 4 adverse events occurred in 6.8% of patients, and three patients discontinued treatment due to AEs.

Professor Thomas Powles, Director of Barts Cancer Centre, London, UK, said: “The clinical efficacy of durvalumab in patients with advanced UC is particularly encouraging. For the past three decades we’ve seen limited progress in therapy for bladder cancer patients, and there remains significant unmet need for new treatment options.”

In December 2016, AstraZeneca received FDA acceptance of review of the Biologics License Application (BLA) for durvalumab in patients with locally-advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma, whose disease has progressed during or after one standard platinum-based regimen and was granted Priority Review. The urothelial cancer cohort from Study 1108 formed the basis for the BLA submission, which follows the FDA’s Breakthrough Therapy Designation for durvalumab for the treatment of patients with PD-L1 positive inoperable or metastatic urothelial bladder cancer whose tumour has progressed during or after one standard platinum-based regimen.

The combination of durvalumab and tremelimumab is also being studied in non-small cell lung cancer, head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, gastric cancer, pancreatic cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma and haematological malignancies. AstraZeneca currently has more than 30 ongoing durvalumab clinical trials in combination with other IO agents and targeted therapies.