Clovis Oncology: Rubraca now available in Germany for ovarian cancer therapy

Tuesday March 5, 2019 0 comments Tags: Boulder, Clovis Oncology, Rubraca, Patrick J. Mahaffy

BOULDER & MUNICH -- Clovis Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLVS) announced Rubraca®(rucaparib) is now available by prescription in Germany as monotherapy for the maintenance treatment of adults with platinum-sensitive relapsed high-grade epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer who are in response (complete or partial) to platinum-based chemotherapy.Clovis_Oncology_logoUSE

In addition, Rubraca is indicated as monotherapy treatment of adult patients with platinum sensitive, relapsed or progressive, BRCA mutated (germline and/or somatic), high-grade epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer, who have been treated with two or more prior lines of platinum-based chemotherapy, and who are unable to tolerate further platinum-based chemotherapy, the company said.

On Jan. 24, the European Commission (EC) expanded rucaparib’s indication beyond its initial marketing authorization in Europe for the treatment of advanced ovarian cancer in selected patients granted in May 2018.

With this label expansion, rucaparib is now approved as maintenance treatment for eligible patients regardless of their BRCA-mutation status.

Rucaparib is the first PARP inhibitor licensed for an ovarian cancer treatment indication in the EU and is now the first to be available for both treatment and maintenance treatment among eligible patients.

“I have been treating women with relapsed ovarian cancer under the Rucaparib Access Program and I am confident that rucaparib represents an important treatment option for women here in Germany,” “said professor Jalid Sehouli, gynecologic oncologist and head of the Charité European Competence Center for Ovarian Cancer at the University of Berlin.

“There has been a significant need for additional treatment options for women with relapsed ovarian cancer, and rucaparib’s approval in the maintenance setting provides another option for these patients.”

“With this milestone approval in Germany, we are one step closer to ensuring that Rubraca is available to all eligible women who may potentially benefit,” said Patrick J. Mahaffy, Clovis president and CEO.

“Rubraca has shown further tumor shrinkage as well as prolonged progression-free survival in this maintenance setting, therefore Rubraca represents an important step forward for women with advanced ovarian cancer, regardless of their BRCA status.”

The EC authorization is based on data from the phase 3 ARIEL3 clinical trial, which found that rucaparib significantly improved progression-free survival in all ovarian cancer patient populations studied.i

The ARIEL3 trial was a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of rucaparib that enrolled 564 women with recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer in complete or partial response to platinum-based chemotherapy. Patients were randomized (2:1) to receive rucaparib tablets 600mg twice daily (n=375) or placebo (n=189). i

Clovis said ARIEL3 successfully achieved its primary endpoint of extending investigator-assessed progression-free survival (PFS) versus placebo in all patients treated (intention-to-treat [ITT]), population, regardless of BRCA status (median 10.8 mos vs 5.4 mos); the key secondary endpoint of extending PFS as assessed by independent radiological review (IRR) was also achieved (median 13.7 mos vs 5.4 mos). ii

In a prespecified exploratory analysis of patients in the ITT population with measurable disease at baseline showed a tumor response was reported in 18 percent of patients (n=26) on rucaparib compared to eight percent of patients (n=5) on placebo, including seven percent (n=10) in the rucaparib group who achieved a complete remission. i

The overall safety profile of rucaparib is based on data from 937 patients with ovarian cancer treated with rucaparib monotherapy in clinical trials. Adverse reactions occurring in ≥20% of patients were nausea, fatigue/asthenia, vomiting, anemia, abdominal pain, dysgeusia, alanine aminotransferase (ALT) elevations, aspartate aminotransferase (AST) elevations, decreased appetite, diarrhea, thrombocytopenia and creatinine elevations. The majority of adverse reactions were mild to moderate (Grade 1 or 2). ii

Grade ≥3 adverse reactions occurring in >5% of patients were anemia (23%), ALT elevations (10%), fatigue/asthenia (10%), neutropenia (8%), thrombocytopenia (6%), and nausea (5%). The only serious adverse reaction occurring in > 2% of patients was anemia (5%). ii

Adverse reactions that most commonly led to dose reduction or interruption were anemia (20%), fatigue/asthenia (18%), nausea (16%), thrombocytopenia (15%), and AST/ALT elevations (10%). Adverse reactions leading to permanent discontinuation occurred in 10% of patients, with thrombocytopenia, nausea, anemia, and fatigue/asthenia being the most frequent adverse reactions leading to permanent discontinuation.

In 2018, ovarian cancer was the sixth most common cancer among women in Europe, with an estimated 68,000 women diagnosed and the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women, with an estimated 45,000 deaths annually.

Clovis holds worldwide rights for Rubraca. Rubraca is an unlicensed medical product outside of the U.S. and the EU.