Clovis Oncology announces European authorization of rucaparib for ovarian cancer care

Tuesday May 29, 2018 0 comments Tags: Boulder, Clovis Oncology, Patrick J. Mahaffy, Rucaparib

BOULDER -- Clovis Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLVS) today announced the European Commission (EC) has authorized Rubraca (rucaparib) 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.Clovis_Oncology_logoUSE

Certain confirmatory post-marketing commitments are required as part of this conditional authorization, Clovis said.

For the full European approved prescribing information, refer to the Rubraca Summary of Product Characteristics on the European Medicines Agency website.

"Rucaparib provides a unique opportunity within Europe for women with BRCA mutated ovarian cancer, for whom platinum chemotherapy isn’t an option, to receive an oral non-chemotherapy treatment,” said Dr. Rebecca Kristeleit, clinical senior lecturer and consultant medical oncologist, University College London.

“In this group of patients with limited treatment options, rucaparib provides a much-needed oral targeted therapy for these women.”

The project that led to rucaparib’s discovery was among the first of the Newcastle Cancer Drug Discovery Group that started at Newcastle University, involving the Northern Institute for Cancer Research and a team of Cancer Research U.K.-funded scientists.

Rucaparib went into phase 1 trials in 2003, with Ruth Plummer, clinical professor of Experimental Cancer Medicine at Newcastle University, leading the administration of rucaparib to the first patient in the world to be treated with the drug and the first ever cancer patient to be treated by a PARP inhibitor.

“Ovarian cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect and for this reason most women who develop the disease are often diagnosed in the advanced stages, leaving them with few viable treatment options,” said Plummer.

"We are delighted that the culmination of many years of research from the team here in Newcastle has resulted in a new treatment option for women in the EU.”

“We are pleased to receive this important authorization, as new options for women with recurrent ovarian cancer are needed,” said Patrick J. Mahaffy, Clovis CEO and president.

“Importantly, the granting of the license means we are now able to submit a variation to the Marketing Authorization for rucaparib to include the maintenance treatment setting based on ARIEL3 data, where we may soon be able to offer a new option to a larger population of women with recurrent ovarian cancer.”

The EC approval was based on data from two multicenter, single-arm, open-label clinical trials, Study 10 (NCT01482715) and ARIEL2 (NCT01891344), in women with advanced BRCA-mutant ovarian cancer who had progressed after two or more prior chemotherapies. All patients received Rubraca orally 600 mg twice daily as monotherapy.

Treatment continued until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. The primary efficacy outcome measure of both studies was objective response rate (ORR) as assessed by the investigator according to Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) version 1.1.

Rucaparib is an oral, small molecule inhibitor of PARP1, PARP2 and PARP3 being developed in ovarian cancer as well as several additional solid tumor indications. Studies open for enrollment or under consideration include ovarian, prostate, breast, gastroesophageal, pancreatic, lung and bladder cancers. Clovis holds worldwide rights for rucaparib.

In the United States (U.S.), rucaparib is approved for the maintenance treatment of adult patients with recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer who are in a complete or partial response to platinum-based chemotherapy.

Rucaparib is also approved in the U.S. for the treatment of adult patients with deleterious BRCA mutation (germline and/or somatic) associated epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer who have been treated with two or more chemotherapies, and selected for therapy based on an FDA- approved companion diagnostic for rucaparib.

Rucaparib is an unlicensed medical product outside of the U.S. and EU.