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Merck KGaA + Pfizer submit application for Bavencio for First-line maintenance treatment of locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma.

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Published:10th Apr 2020
Merck KGaA and Pfizer Inc announced completion of the submission of a supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) to the FDA for Bavencio (avelumab) for first-line maintenance treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma (UC) (Bladder Cancer). The FDA granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation to Bavencio for this indication, and the sBLA is being reviewed by the FDA under its Real-Time Oncology Review (RTOR) pilot program. The application is based on positive results from an interim analysis of the Phase III JAVELIN Bladder 100 trial, which met its primary endpoint of overall survival (OS). In this study, Bavencio plus best supportive care (BSC) as first-line maintenance therapy significantly extended the survival of patients with previously untreated locally advanced or metastatic UC whose disease did not progress on induction chemotherapy, compared with BSC only. A statistically significant improvement was demonstrated in both co-primary populations: all randomized patients and patients with PD-L1–positive tumors. The safety profile for Bavencio in the trial was consistent with that in the JAVELIN monotherapy clinical development program. Detailed results from the JAVELIN Bladder 100 study will be presented at an upcoming medical congress. In 2017, the FDA approved Bavencio for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic UC who have disease progression during or following platinum-containing chemotherapy, or who have disease progression within 12 months of neoadjuvant or adjuvant treatment with platinum-containing chemotherapy. This indication is approved under accelerated approval based on tumor response and duration of response. JAVELIN Bladder 100 is the confirmatory study for the conversion to full approval.
Condition: Bladder Cancer
Type: drug

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