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Phase 3 data (Abstract LBA7008) featured in the official press programme of the 50th annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and simultaneously published in The New England Journal of Medicine
Data from the international, multicentre Phase 3 PCYC-1112 (RESONATETM) trial in 391 patients suggest monotherapy ibrutinib administered orally, once-daily, significantly lengthened progression-free survival (PFS) (median not reached vs. 8.1 months; HR 0.215, 95% CI, 0.146 to 0.317; P<0.0001) and overall survival (OS) (HR 0.434; 95 CI, 0.238 to 0.789; P=0.0049) versus of ofatumumab administered intravenously in patients with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL). Ibrutinib is an investigational compound* within a class of medicines called Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitors and on 30 October 2013, Janssen submitted a New Marketing Authorisation Application (MAA) to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for ibrutinib for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory CLL/SLL or relapsed or refractory MCL.
Janssen announced today that the data will be included in a presentation during the official press programme at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Chicago and simultaneously published in a special edition of The New England Journal of Medicine (http://www.nejm.org).
PFS is the primary endpoint of the RESONATE study, with OS, overall response rate (ORR) and safety as key secondary endpoints. These data will be presented in full by Dr John Byrd during the oral abstract session on Tuesday, June 3 during the Leukaemia, Myelodysplasia, and Transplantation track at 11:57 am CDT.
In 2011, Janssen and Pharmacyclics Inc. entered into an agreement to jointly develop and commercialise the investigational compound, ibrutinib.
The results from the RESONATE study showed ibrutinib monotherapy significantly improved PFS, OS and ORR in this difficult-to-treat patient population, regardless of baseline characteristics. The median PFS in the ibrutinib arm was not reached because progression events occurred more slowly than in the ofatumumab arm. The OS median was also not reached in either arm because progression events occurred slowly.
Additionally, the ORR was significantly higher in patients taking ibrutinib monotherapy versus ofatumumab monotherapy, regardless of response criteria or baseline characteristics. Overall, 43 percent of ibrutinib patients achieved a partial response (PR) compared to only four percent of patients taking ofatumumab (p<0.0001), following the International Workshop on CLL (IWCLL) response criteria requiring response to be confirmed for at least two months. An additional 20 percent of ibrutinib treated patients also achieved a PR with lymphocytosis. Investigator-assessed response rates were 85 percent for ibrutinib and 24 percent for patients receiving ofatumumab. Significantly higher response rates were seen in the ibrutinib arm consistently across all baseline sub-groups, including those with a deletion of the short arm of chromosome 17 (del 17p), a genetic mutation typically associated with poor prognoses, or refractory to a purine analogue.
"The survival improvements seen with use of ibrutinib in this study are particularly encouraging. We look toward its potential for use in patients with this difficult-to-treat disease and it may offer physicians an effective single-agent treatment option," said Professor Ulrich Jäger, Medical University of Vienna, Department of Medicine, Division of Haematology and Haemostaseology.
RESONATE is a Phase 3, multicentre, international, open-label, randomised study that examined ibrutinib monotherapy versus ofatumumab monotherapy in relapsed or refractory patients with CLL/SLL who had received at least one prior therapy and were not considered appropriate candidates for treatment with a purine analogue (n=391). Patients were administered either 420 mg oral ibrutinib (n=195) once-daily until progression or unacceptable toxicity or intravenous ofatumumab for up to 24 weeks (n=196, initial dose of 300 mg followed by 11 doses at 2,000 mg).
The primary endpoint of the study was PFS evaluated by an Independent Review Committee (IRC), and key secondary endpoints were OS, ORR and safety. The median follow-up was 9.4 months. 
"These results add to the body of clinical data demonstrating the value of ibrutinib in previously treated CLL patients," said Jane Griffiths, Company Group Chairman of Janssen Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). "These are the first Phase 3 data for ibrutinib. We're pleased to see the strong hazard ratios for progression-free and overall survival and are encouraged that many patients continue to do well on treatment with ibrutinib."
The most common Grade 3 or 4 adverse events (AEs) in the RESONATE trial (occurring in five percent or more of ibrutinib patients) were neutropenia (decreased amount of neutrophils in the blood; 16% in the ibrutinib arm vs. 14% in the ofatumumab arm), pneumonia (7% vs. 5%), thrombocytopenia (decrease in platelets in the blood; 6% vs. 4%) and anaemia (5% vs. 8%). The most commonly occurring side effects (AEs in 20 percent or more of patients) were diarrhoea (48% vs.18%), fatigue (28% vs. 30%), pyrexia (fever; 24% vs. 15%), nausea (26% vs.18%), anaemia (23% vs. 17%) and neutropenia (21% vs. 15%). Atrial fibrillation of any grade was noted more frequently in patients receiving ibrutinib (n=10 patients) versus with ofatumumab (n=1 patient), leading to discontinuation of ibrutinib in one patient.
Treatment discontinuation due to progressive disease was 5% in the ibrutinib arm and 19% in the ofatumumab arm. Treatment discontinuations due to adverse events were low in both study arms, with 4% of patients in both treatment arms (eight patients in the ibrutinib arm and seven patients in the ofatumumab arm). Treatment discontinuation due to death occurred in 4% of patients in the ibrutinib arm (eight patients) and 5% of patients in the ofatumumab arm (nine patients). These events were most commonly infectious in nature. Total treatment exposure was longer for the ibrutinib arm (approximately 8.6 months, versus 5.3 months on ofatumumab).
In January 2014, RESONATE was stopped early at the unanimous recommendation of an Independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC) based on a planned interim analysis which concluded that the study showed a significant difference in PFS between the ibrutinib arm and the control (the primary endpoint of the study). The IDMC recommended that the sponsor provide access to ibrutinib to patients in the ofatumumab arm. The data served as the basis of the April 2014 supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in relapsed or refractory CLL patients who have received at least one prior therapy.
CLL is a slow-growing blood cancer of white blood cells called lymphocytes, most commonly B cells. CLL is the most common adult leukaemia in the Western world and predominantly a disease of the elderly with a median age of diagnosis of 72., This orphan disease often eventually progresses; patients are faced with fewer treatment options and are often prescribed multiple lines of therapy as they relapse or become resistant to treatments. SLL is a slow-growing lymphoma in which too many immature white blood cells cause lymph nodes to become larger than normal.
*Ibrutinib is defined as an investigational compound as it is not yet approved by any regulatory authority in the EU. On 30 October 2013, Janssen submitted a New Marketing Authorisation Application (MAA) to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for ibrutinib for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory CLL/SLL or relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). Ibrutinib is marketed as IMBRUVICA® in the US, where it received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of patients with MCL who have received at least one prior therapy and for the treatment of patients with CLL who have received at least one prior therapy. These indications are both based on ORR. An improvement in survival or disease-related symptoms has not been established.
Ibrutinib is an investigational compound within a class of medicines called Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitors. BTK is an important protein involved in mediating the cellular signalling pathways which control B cell maturation and survival. In malignant B cells, there is excessive signalling through the B cell receptor signalling (BCR) pathway, which includes BTK. The malignant cell ignores the natural signal to die and continues to develop and proliferate. Malignant cells migrate and adhere to protective environmental areas such as the lymph nodes where they proliferate and survive. Ibrutinib is specifically designed to target and inhibit BTK. Ibrutinib forms a strong covalent bond with BTK, which inhibits the excessive transmission of cell survival signals within the malignant B cells and stops their excessive build up in these protected environmental areas. The efficacy and safety of ibrutinib alone and in combination with other treatments is being studied in several blood cancers including CLL, MCL, Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia (WM), diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), follicular lymphoma (FL) and multiple myeloma (MM).-
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