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Zejula (Niraparib) Shows Durable and Sustained Long-term Progression-free Survival Benefit in the Prima Study of First-line Platinum-responsive Advanced Ovarian Cancer

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Zejula (Niraparib) Shows Durable and Sustained Long-term Progression-free Survival Benefit in the Prima Study of First-line Platinum-responsive Advanced Ovarian Cancer | Pharmtech Focus

GSK plc (LSE/NYSE: GSK) today announced long-term data from the phase III PRIMA (ENGOT-OV26/GOG-3012) study showing Zejula (niraparib) maintained a sustained and clinically meaningful progression-free survival (PFS) benefit as a maintenance therapy in patients with first-line ovarian cancer following a response to platinum-based chemotherapy. Importantly, this benefit was sustained across all biomarker subgroups, including BRCAm, HRd and HRp. Results from the updated efficacy analysis will be presented on 11 September at the 2022 European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Annual Meeting (9-13 September).

After a median three and a half years follow up, this ad hoc analysis showed:

  • In the HRd population, Zejulamaintained a clinically significant risk reduction of progression or death of 48% compared to placebo (HR 0.52; 95% CI, (0.40–0.68); p<0.0001). The estimated probability of no progressive disease or death at four years was 38% for Zejula vs 17% for placebo, respectively.
  • Zejula maintained a durable PFS benefit in the overall population (HR 0.66; 95% CI, (0.56–0.79); p<0.0001).The estimated probability of no progressive disease or death at four years in the overall population was 24% for Zejula vs 14% for placebo, respectively.
  • The HRp population also demonstrated a clinically meaningful reduction in the risk of progression or death by 35% compared to placebo (HR 0.65; 95% CI, (0.49–0.87); p<0.0038).
  • Overall survival data are not yet mature based on the prespecified analysis plan.

Hesham Abdullah, SVP, Global Head of Oncology Development, GSK said: “Patients can face a high risk of recurrence when diagnosed with late-stage ovarian cancer. The updated analysis of this study shows that Zejula can help patients potentially achieve a long-term remission.”

Zejula’s safety profile remained consistent with the primary analysis and no new safety signals were identified. The most common grade three or higher adverse events with Zejula included thrombocytopenia (40%), anaemia (32%), and neutropenia (21%). Long-term monotherapy treatment with Zejula is associated with a low rate of discontinuation due to adverse events, a potential factor in achieving sustained therapeutic benefit. Long-term tolerability data on the individualised starting dose will be presented.

Dr Antonio Gonzalez-Martin, Primary Investigator for PRIMA and Director, Department of Medical Oncology, Clinica Universidad de Navarra, said: “This pivotal study provides evidence that patients treated with niraparib maintenance therapy after first-line platinum-based chemotherapy can achieve sustained progression-free survival and maintain remission over time, which is critically important in the management of advanced ovarian cancer, and particularly reassuring for those at high-risk of recurrence. The long-term results not only show the ongoing benefit of niraparib for our trial participants, but offer hope for the future of patients with advanced ovarian cancer.”

Zejula is the only once-daily oral monotherapy maintenance treatment approved in the US and the European Union (EU) for patients with first-line platinum-responsive advanced ovarian cancer regardless of biomarker status.

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