08/02/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/02/2021 14:32
Based on this outcome, Bristol Myers Squibb made the decision to withdraw the PTCL indication from the U.S. market. The company took this action in accordance with the FDA's requirements for evaluating accelerated approvals that have not demonstrated sufficient clinical benefit.Bristol Myers Squibb is notifying healthcare professionals about the withdrawal. Istodax remains on the market for treatment of patients with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) who have received at least one prior systemic therapy. Patients who are being treated with Istodax for PTCL should consult with their healthcare provider in all aspects of their medical care and may remain on treatment if deemed clinically appropriate by the treating physician.For patients who are currently being treated with Istodax for PTCL, and who have questions about access and reimbursement support, please contact BMS Access Support at 1-800-861-0048 or visit www.bmsaccesssupport.com.
'While the outcome of the confirmatory study in peripheral T-cell lymphoma is disappointing, Bristol Myers Squibb will continue to provide Istodax for patients with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, where it remains an approved and important treatment option,' said Noah Berkowitz, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president, Hematology Development, Bristol Myers Squibb.'As always, our efforts across blood cancer research and development remain centered on delivering better outcomes for patients in need.'
Since the initial approval of Istodax, nearly a decade ago, more options have been made available for patients, many of which have redefined treatment across PTCL and other hematologic conditions.
Bristol Myers Squibb continues to evaluate the potential of its therapies for people with blood cancers and disorders who may benefit, while pursuing the next breakthroughs for patients.
Bristol Myers Squibb: Creating a Better Future for People with Cancer
Bristol Myers Squibb is inspired by a single vision - transforming patients' lives through science. The goal of the company's cancer research is to deliver medicines that offer each patient a better, healthier life and to make cure a possibility. Building on a legacy across a broad range of cancers that have changed survival expectations for many, Bristol Myers Squibb researchers are exploring new frontiers in personalized medicine, and through innovative digital platforms, are turning data into insights that sharpen their focus. Deep scientific expertise, cutting-edge capabilities and discovery platforms enable the company to look at cancer from every angle. Cancer can have a relentless grasp on many parts of a patient's life, and Bristol Myers Squibb is committed to taking actions to address all aspects of care, from diagnosis to survivorship. Because as a leader in cancer care, Bristol Myers Squibb is working to empower all people with cancer to have a better future.
Istodax®(romidepsin)for injection is an epigenetic therapy and a member of a class of cancer drugs known as histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors. HDACs catalyze the removal of acetyl groups from acetylated lysine residues in histones, resulting in the modulation of gene expression. HDACs also deacetylate non-histone proteins, such as transcription factors. In vitro, Istodax causes the accumulation of acetylated histones, and induces cell cycle arrest and apoptosis of some cancer cell lines. The mechanism of the antineoplastic effect of romidepsin observed in nonclinical and clinical studies has not been fully characterized. For full prescribing information, visit www.ISTODAX.com.
ISTODAX® (romidepsin) for injection is indicated for treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) in patients who have received at least one prior systemic therapy.
This indication is based on response rate. Clinical benefit such as improvement in overall survival has not been demonstrated.
Important Safety Information
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
The most common adverse reactions (≥30%), excluding laboratory abnormalities, are nausea, fatigue, infections, vomiting, anorexia, electrocardiogram ST-T wave changes, dysgeusia, constipation and pruritis. Grade 3‐4 laboratory abnormalities (≥10%) include lymphopenia, neutropenia, anemia and thrombocytopenia.
>> Monitor patients for toxicity related to increased romidepsin exposure and follow dose modifications for toxicity when ISTODAX is initially co-administered with strong CYP3A4 inhibitors
>> Avoid co-administration of ISTODAX (romidepsin) with rifampin and other potent inducers of CYP3A4
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