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Tecartus a Car T-cell therapy demonstrates strong overall survival rates and continued durable responses in long-term follow-p of two pivotal studies including longest ever follow-Up of a CAR T-cell therapy in mantle cell lymphoma.-Kite/Gilead

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Published:5th Jun 2022

Kite, a Gilead Company announced longer-term follow-up results from two pivotal studies of the CAR T-cell therapy Tecartus (brexucabtagene autoleucel).


The three-year follow-up of ZUMA-2, a Phase II global, multi-center study evaluating the efficacy of Tecartus in patients with relapsed/refractory (R/R) mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), and two-year follow-up of ZUMA-3, a global, multi-center, single-arm, open-label Phase 1/II study evaluating Tecartus in adult patients ( greater than 18 years old) with R/R B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) were both presented during a poster session at the 2022 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting (Abstracts #7518 and #7010). Three-year follow-up data from ZUMA-2 were also simultaneously published in ASCO’s Journal of Clinical Oncology.

At nearly three years of follow-up (median 35.6 months) in the ZUMA-2 trial, the overall response rate (ORR) was 91%, with 68% of treated patients achieving a complete response (CR; 95% CI, 55.2–78.5). The median duration of response (DOR) was 28.2 months, with 37% of treated patients in ongoing response at data cut-off. Median overall survival (OS) among treated patients was 46.6 months. Among those patients who achieved a CR, the median OS has not yet been reached (30-month OS rate was 60.3%). Late relapse, classified as more than 24 months post-infusion, was infrequent (n=3).

In the ZUMA-3 trial , longer follow-up of the pivotal analysis and outcomes of a newly-conducted larger pooled analysis of Phase 1 and II patients by independent review who received the pivotal dose of Tecartus were reported. Most patients in the analysis were heavily pre-treated, with a median of two prior therapies, and 47% had received three or more prior therapies. At a median follow-up of 29.7 months for pooled Phase 1 and II patients, 73.1% of treated patients achieved a CR or CR with incomplete hematological recovery (CRi). Median OS was 25.4 months for both Phase II treated patients and pooled Phase 1 and II treated patients. At data cutoff, median OS had not yet been reached in Phase II patients who achieved a CR. Similar outcomes among Phase II treated patients (n=55) and the pooled analysis of Phase 1 and II patients (n=78) were observed.

“With two years of follow-up and an expanded data set in ZUMA-3 in a heavily pre-treated patient population, we’ve observed a high durable response rate, with the majority of the responses associated with undetectable minimal residual disease following treatment with brexu-cel,” said Bijal Shah, MD, ZUMA-3 investigator and medical oncologist, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida. “For adult patients with B-ALL, this is a marked improvement relative to historical standards of care, so these treatment results are particularly important.”

Across both trials, no new safety signal has been observed in this extended follow-up period . In ZUMA-2, 3% of treatment-emergent adverse events (AEs) of interest occurred since the primary report. The most frequent Grade greater than 3 AE was neutropenia (1 [1%] Grade 3; 7 [10%] Grade 4). Two patients had treatment-related Grade 3 serious infections, pneumonia and upper respiratory tract infection (n=1) and influenza (n=1). There were no new cytokine release syndrome (CRS) AEs. In ZUMA-3, no new-onset CRS, neurological events, infections, or hypogammaglobulinemia of any grade have occurred since the Phase 2 primary analysis. One new Grade 5 AE has occurred since the primary analysis (graft-versus-host disease; deemed not treatment-related).

Tecartus is currently approved for the treatment of relapsed or refractory MCL, as the first and only CAR T-cell therapy to receive accelerated approval from the FDA in this indication. Tecartus is also approved for relapsed or refractory B-cell ALL, as the first and only CAR T-cell therapy approved for adults ( greater than 18 years old) with ALL. The Tecartus U.S. Prescribing Information has a Boxed Warning in its product label regarding the risks of CRS and neurologic toxicities, and Tecartus is approved with a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) due to these risks.

See-"Three-Year Follow-Up of KTE-X19 in Patients With Relapsed/Refractory Mantle Cell Lymphoma, Including High-Risk Subgroups, in the ZUMA-2 Study."- Michael Wang , MD; Javier Munoz , MD, MS, MBA; Andre Goy , MD, MS; et al.,; .DOI: 10.1200/JCO.21.02370 Journal of Clinical Oncology. Published online June 04, 2022.

Condition: Mantle Cell Lymphoma
Type: drug

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