Scotland first in UK to make Cabometyx®▼(cabozantinib) routinely available for individuals living with advanced kidney cancer1

Scottish Medicines Consortium endorses routine prescribing across NHS Scotland of Ipsen’s cabozantinib, offering a new therapy option to help battle cancer resistance for advanced renal cell carcinoma in adults (after VEGF-targeted therapy)2

The UK affiliate of Ipsen (Euronext: IPN; ADR: IPSEY) today announced that patients with advanced kidney cancer can now receive treatment with Ipsen’s innovative new therapy Cabometyx® (cabozantinib) via NHS Scotland following the positive announcement by the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC). Cabozantinib is a once-daily oral tablet which targets multiple pathways involved in tumor growth and is licensed for adults with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC), following prior vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-targeted therapy.2 Today’s announcement comes ahead of access for patients in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, pending guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The positive approval of cabozantinib strengthens Ipsen’s commitment to improving patient health and quality of life within cancer care.

Cabozantinib is a once-daily pill.2 Cabozantinib has demonstrated statistically significant superiority in overall survival, progression-free survival, and objective response rate compared with everolimus in patients with RCC who have failed previous treatment with anti-angiogenic therapy. 3,4 Last year cabozantinib was granted a Promising Innovation in Medicine (PIM) designation by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), while over 50 Scottish patients with advanced RCC have received cabozantinib via the Ipsen Managed Access Programme prior to today’s announcement. 5 Based on the clinical data for cabozantinib, including the randomized phase III METEOR trial, European (ESMO and EAU) clinical guidelines recommend it as a standard of care following TKI treatment with the highest level of evidence.6,7

“The approval of cabozantinib for use in NHS Scotland is a positive step forward in how we care for people living with advanced renal cell cancer,” said Professor Robert Jones, Professor of Clinical Cancer Research, University of Glasgow. “There is a real need for new treatments in this area as many patients’ cancer will begin to grow despite current treatment. Availability of new therapy options such as cabozantinib is crucial – it gives patients a further effective treatment option and the chance to control their disease for longer.”

Kidney cancer is the 7th most common cancer in the UK with RCC accounting for 75% of all kidney cancers, responsible for around 12,000 new cases every year in the UK, or around 33 per day.8 In 2014 there were over 1,000 new cases of kidney cancer diagnosed in Scotland – 432 women and 669 men9 – the equivalent of 3 people diagnosed every day in Scotland.

“The positive recommendation by the SMC is very welcome news for advanced kidney cancer patients in Scotland” commented Karen McNee, Kidney Cancer Scotland. “There is a clear unmet need for patients with late-stage disease, therefore the availability of another effective therapy option offers new hope for patients and their families”.

Date of preparation: July 2017


The most common adverse events experienced with cabozantinib are consistent with other VEGF receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) in patients with RCC.4

“We are delighted by the SMC’s decision, and as a Scotsman myself with my family still based in Scotland, I am proud that NHS Scotland will be the first health system in the UK to make cabozantinib routinely available to renal cell carcinoma patients. This is a great outcome following the number of Scottish patients who have already received treatment via our Managed Access Programme” said Ewan McDowall, Vice President of Commercial Operations, Ipsen UK & Ireland. “Ipsen is committed to improving patient health and quality of life in areas with clear unmet need. We firmly believe that the availability of this innovative and effective new treatment will make a positive difference to the lives of people in Scotland living with RCC. We would like to thank all the parties involved in the appraisal process for their exceptional commitment in ensuring patients have access to cabozantinib.”

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Adverse events should also be reported to the Ipsen Medical Information department on +44(0)1753 627777 or

For Cabometyx’s summary of product characteristics, please visit

For further information:

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Ipsen UK Market Access
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Editor’s Notes

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About cabozantinib Cabozantinib is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), targeting multiple different tyrosine kinases involved in the development of clear cell renal cell carcinoma. These include MET, AXL, RET and VEGF receptors, all associated with resistance and relapse.2

In a Phase 3 study, cabozantinib was shown to extend the median overall survival of patients to 21.4 months (median overall survival ITT: 21.4 months cabozantinib vs 16.5 months everolimus [HR 0.66 (95% CI: 0.53-0.83; P=0.00026)].3 Cabozantinib also increased median progression free survival (PFS) compared with the everolimus (median PFS rates by independent review: 7.4 months cabozantinb vs 3.9 months everolimus [HR 0.51 (95% CI: 0.41-0.62; p<0.0001)]3 and the number of patients responding to treatment with cabozantinib was more than five times higher that with everolimus (objective response rates by independent review: 17% cabozantinib vs 3% everolimus; P<0.0001)3

The most common serious adverse reactions associated with cabozantinib are abdominal pain (3%), pleural effusion (3%), diarrhoea (2%), and nausea (2%). The most frequent adverse reactions of any grade (experienced by at least 25% of patients) included diarrhoea (74%), fatigue (56%), nausea (50%), decreased appetite (46%), palmar-plantar erythrodysaesthesia syndrome (PPES) (42%), hypertension (37%), vomiting (32%), weight decreased (31%), and constipation (25%).2


1 Scottish Medicine Consortium (correspondence with Ipsen UK) May 2017
2 Cabozantinib summary of product characteristics
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4 Choueiri TK, Escudier B, Powles T, et al. Cabozantinib versus Everolimus in Advanced Renal-Cell Carcinoma. N Engl J Med. 2015 Nov;373:1814-1823.
5 Ipsen Data on File: CMX-UK-000309
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7 Escudier B, Porta C, Schmidinger M et al. Renal cell carcinoma: ESMO Clinical Practice Guidelines for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. Annals of Oncol. 2016; 27(5): 58–68
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Date of preparation: July 2017

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