© Reuters. Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) Announces FDA Accepts Supplemental Biologics License Application and European Medicines Agency Validates Application for Opdivo
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Accepts Bristol Myers (NYSE:) Squibb’s Supplemental Biologics License Application and European Medicines Agency Validates Application for Opdivo (nivolumab) as an Adjuvant Treatment for Patients with Completely Resected Stage IIB or IIC Melanoma
Bristol Myers Squibb (BMY) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has validated the Type II Variation Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for Opdivo® (nivolumab) as monotherapy in the adjuvant setting for the treatment of patients with completely resected stage IIB or IIC melanoma. In the U.S., the FDA has assigned a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) date of October 13, 2023. In Europe, the EMA’s validation of the application confirms the submission is complete and begins the start of the EMA’s centralized review process.
“Melanoma can be a devastating diagnosis, and patients with stage IIB or IIC melanoma tend to be at high risk of disease recurrence. Approximately one third of stage IIB and half of stage IIC patients experience recurrence within five years after surgery,” said Gina Fusaro, PhD, vice president, development program lead, Bristol Myers Squibb. “The data from the CheckMate -76K trial demonstrate the benefit that Opdivo can have for patients with this earlier stage of cancer. We look forward to working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency to potentially offer a treatment option to patients with stage IIB or IIC melanoma that could help prevent recurrence.”
The submissions were based on safety and efficacy results from the pivotal Phase 3 CheckMate -76K trial, in which Opdivo demonstrated a statistically significant and clinically meaningful benefit in recurrence-free survival (RFS) versus placebo in patients with completely resected stage IIB or IIC melanoma. The safety profile of Opdivo was consistent with previously reported studies.
Results from CheckMate -76K were presented as late-breaking data during a plenary session at the Society for Melanoma Research (SMR) Annual Meeting in October 2022.
CheckMate -76K is part of BMS’ development program studying Opdivo and Opdivo-based combinations in earlier stages of cancer (adjuvant, neoadjuvant, and peri-operative), which currently spans seven tumor types. To date, Opdivo-based therapies have shown improved efficacy in the neoadjuvant or adjuvant treatment of four tumor types: non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), bladder cancer, esophageal/gastroesophageal junction cancer, and melanoma.
Bristol Myers Squibb thanks the patients and investigators involved in the CheckMate -76K trial.
About CheckMate -76K
CheckMate -76K is a randomized Phase 3, double-blind study evaluating adjuvant Opdivo (nivolumab) 480 mg Q4W for up to 12 months versus placebo in patients with completely resected stage IIB/C melanoma.
The primary endpoint of the trial is recurrence-free survival (RFS). Secondary endpoints of the trial include overall survival (OS), distant metastases-free survival (DMFS), progression-free survival on next-line therapy (PFS2), and safety endpoints.
Melanoma is a form of skin cancer characterized by the uncontrolled growth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) located in the skin. Metastatic melanoma is the deadliest form of the disease and occurs when cancer spreads beyond the surface of the skin to other organs. In the United States, approximately 97,610 new diagnoses of melanoma and about 7,990 related deaths are estimated for 2023. Globally, the World Health Organization estimates that by 2035, melanoma incidence will reach 424,102, with 94,308 related deaths. Melanomas can be mostly treatable when caught in very early stages; however, survival rates can decrease as the disease progresses.
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