Oncopeptides announces that the open-label Expanded Access Program, sEAPort, for eligible U.S. patients, is formally open.
Melflufen (INN melphalan flufenamide), is currently being evaluated in several clinical studies as a treatment for patients with triple-class refractory multiple myeloma. The sEAPort program is available to adults, age 18 and older, who have received at least two prior lines of therapy and whose multiple myeloma is refractory to at least one proteasome inhibitor, one immunomodulatory drug and one anti-CD38 monoclonal antibody, (i.e., triple-class refractory multiple myeloma patients).
New Drug Application
The Expanded Access Program was initiated following the company’s June 30 submission of a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA, for accelerated approval of melflufen in combination with dexamethasone for the treatment of adult patients with triple-class refractory multiple myeloma.
The NDA and the sEAPort program are primarily supported by data from the phase 2 HORIZON study, which demonstrates that melflufen in combination with dexamethasone, has a potential to provide a therapeutic option for patients with relapsed refractory multiple myeloma who are hard to treat and have a poor prognosis, including patients with triple-class refractory multiple myeloma and patients with extramedullary disease.
“Despite therapeutic advances, multiple myeloma remains incurable,” says Paula O’Connor, U.S. Head of Medical Affairs at Oncopeptides. “There is an urgent need for more therapies as patients become multi-resistant earlier in their treatment journey. Our Expanded Access Program enables us to provide access to melflufen as a potential treatment for eligible patients while our application is under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”
EAPs are designed to provide patients living with serious or life-threatening conditions access to investigational medicines when no comparable or satisfactory treatment options are available, alternative therapies have been exhausted or the patient is ineligible for ongoing interventional trials.