Lilly Announces Ramucirumab Phase III Lung Cancer Trial Meets Primary Endpoint of Overall Survival
The global, randomized, double-blind REVEL trial compared ramucirumab and docetaxel to placebo and docetaxel in NSCLC patients whose disease has progressed after failure of prior platinum-based chemotherapy for locally advanced or metastatic disease. The study included nonsquamous and squamous NSCLC patients. The most common ( > 5% incidence) Grade > 3 adverse events occurring at a higher rate on the ramucirumab-plus-docetaxel arm compared to the control arm were decreased white blood cell count (neutropenia/leukopenia), febrile neutropenia, fatigue/asthenia and hypertension.
"We are pleased with these Phase III data of ramucirumab in non-small cell lung cancer, which accounts for most cases of lung cancer - the leading cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide. Despite currently available therapies, there continues to be a need for new second-line treatment options for patients with lung cancer," said
Lilly plans to present data from the REVEL trial at an upcoming scientific meeting and intends to submit the first application of these data to regulatory authorities in 2014.
Dr. Gaynor added, "These data reinforce our confidence in the overall ramucirumab development program, in which we have several Phase III and earlier-phase studies in multiple tumor types, both as a single agent and in combination with other therapies. Moreover, these data underscore Lilly's continued leadership in thoracic oncology."
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About the REVEL trial
REVEL is a global, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase III study of ramucirumab and docetaxel compared to placebo and docetaxel in NSCLC patients whose disease has progressed after failure of prior platinum-based chemotherapy for locally advanced or metastatic disease. Initiated in 2010, the global study enrolled more than 1,200 patients across 26 countries. The primary endpoint of the REVEL trial is overall survival and secondary endpoints include: progression-free survival; objective response rate; quality of life; and safety. The study included nonsquamous and squamous NSCLC patients.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. and most other countries, killing nearly 1.6 million people worldwide each year.[i] In the U.S., lung cancer is responsible for nearly 30 percent of all cancer deaths, more than those from breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.[ii] Stage IV NSCLC is a very difficult-to-treat cancer and the prognosis for patients with NSCLC is poor when locally advanced or metastatic.[iii] NSCLC is much more common than other types of lung cancer, and accounts for 85 percent of all lung cancer cases. Patients with squamous cell carcinoma represent about 30 percent of all patients affected by NSCLC, while non-squamous patients represent about 70 percent.[iv]
Ramucirumab (IMC-1121B) is designed to directly inhibit angiogenesis, a process by which blood vessels supply blood to tumors. Ramucirumab is a human, receptor-targeted antibody that specifically blocks the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) receptor 2 and inhibits downstream signaling involved in the formation and maintenance of aberrant blood vessels that supply blood to tumors.
Ramucirumab, which Lilly gained through its 2008 acquisition of
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This press release contains forward-looking statements about the potential of ramucirumab as a treatment of various cancers and reflects Lilly's current beliefs. However, as with any pharmaceutical product, there are substantial risks and uncertainties in the process of development and commercialization. There is no guarantee that future studies will be positive or that ramucirumab will receive regulatory approvals or prove to be commercially successful. For further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, see Lilly's filings with the
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