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One Oral and Two Poster Presentations Will Offer Further Supporting Use of Somatuline in Patients with GEP-NETs
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. January 13, 2015 – Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals Inc., an affiliate of Ipsen (Euronext: IPN; ADR: IPSEY) today announced three presentations of lanreotide data to be shared at the 2015 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium, January 15-17, 2015 in San Francisco, CA. One oral and two poster presentations will explore the use of lanreotide in gastrointestinal and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs), including sub analyses of the pivotal Phase III, multinational, randomized, double-blind clinical trial (CLARINET®).
An oral presentation titled Effects of lanreotide Autogel/Depot (LAN) in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNETs): a subgroup analysis from the CLARINET study will be delivered by Dr. Alexandria Phan of Houston Methodist Hospital on Friday, January 16 at the Level 2 Ballroom from 5:00-5:10 pm PST.
“The recent FDA approval of lanreotide (Somatuline® Depot Injection) for the treatment of gastrointestinal and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors to improve progression-free survival provides a new treatment option for patients,” said Cynthia Schwalm, President and CEO, Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals Inc. “This new data provides additional insights to clinicians into the activity of lanreotide in specific tumor types, including pNETs.”
Two additional poster presentations will also be presented on January 16th between 5:30-7:00 pm PST.
- Effects of lanreotide Autogel/Depot (LAN) in patients with neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) aged ≤ 65 vs >65 Years: Subgroup analyses from the CLARINET study.
- Population pharmacokinetic (PK) analysis of Lanreotide Autogel/Depot in the treatment of gastroenteropancreatic (GEP) neuroendocrine tumors (NETs): Pooled analysis of four clinical trials
“These studies continue to add valuable clinical data to the body of evidence supporting lanreotide in the treatment of gastrointestinal and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors.” said Dr. Alexandria Phan, Director of GI Medical Oncology at Houston Methodist Hospital.
About Gastrointestinal and Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors
Gastrointestinal and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, also known as gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs), are a rare type of cancer. It is diagnosed in approximately 5 out of every 100,000 people in the U.S. There are an estimated 112,000 individuals currently living with neuroendocrine tumors in the U.S., and the incidence and prevalence of this type of cancer have risen 4-to-6 fold in the last 30 years. The average time until a patient with GEP-NETs is accurately diagnosed is at least 5 years; with more than 80% of patients seeing at least three doctors during their diagnosis. Because of this, most patients are diagnosed while in the advanced stages of the disease, which often leads to a poor prognosis. Additionally, the symptoms of GEP-NETs are gastrointestinal in nature, thus they can be easily misdiagnosed as Crohn’s disease or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
CLARINET® was a Phase III, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of lanreotide’s antiproliferative response in patients with enteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00353496). This 96-week multinational study was conducted in collaboration with the UK & Ireland Neuroendocrine Tumour Society (UKI NETS) and the European Neuroendocrine Tumour Society (ENETS).
A total of 204 patients from 48 centers across 14 countries with well or moderately differentiated non-functioning enteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors and a proliferation index (Ki67) of <10%, were randomized to treatment with Somatuline® Depot 120 mg every 4 weeks (n=101) or placebo (n=103). At enrollment, primary tumor locations were pancreas (44%), midgut (36%), hindgut (7%) and unknown (13%). Thirty percent of patients had a Ki67 of 3% to <=10% (WHO grade 2) and 33% had a hepatic tumor load >25%.
The primary efficacy endpoint was progression-free survival (defined as time to either disease progression (centrally assessed using Response Evaluation Criteria In Solid Tumors, RECIST 1.0) or death). Two baseline computed tomography scans were performed, followed by additional scans (tomography or magnetic resonance imaging) at 12-week intervals during the first year and 24-week intervals during the second year of the study up to 96 weeks.
The data showed that placebo-treated patients had a median PFS of 16.6 months and 33.0% had not progressed or died at 96 weeks, whereas the median PFS for Somatuline® Depot treated patients was not reached and will be greater than 22 months and 65.1% had not progressed or died at 96 weeks (stratified logrank test, p<0.001). This represented a 53% reduction in risk of disease progression or death with Somatuline® Depot compared to placebo, based on a hazard ratio of 0.47 (95% CI: 0.30-0.73). These statistically and clinically significant antiproliferative effects of Somatuline® Depot® were observed in a large population of patients with grade G1 or G2 (World Health Organization classification) GEP-NETs, and independent of hepatic tumor volume (<=25% or >25%). There was no decrease in quality of life measures for patients receiving Somatuline® Depot relative to those receiving placebo. Overall survival was not different between Somatuline® Depot and placebo groups. Safety data generated from the study were consistent with the known safety profile of Somatuline® Depot.
About Somatuline® Depot
Somatuline® Depot (lanreotide) Injection 120 mg is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with unresectable, well- or moderately differentiated, locally advanced or metastatic gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs) to improve progression-free survival.
Select Important Safety Information about Somatuline®Depot
Somatuline® is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to lanreotide or related peptides.
Warnings and Precautions
- Somatuline® may reduce gallbladder motility and lead to gallstone formation. Periodic monitoring may be needed.
- Patients may experience hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. Glucose level monitoring is recommended and antidiabetic treatment adjusted accordingly.
- Somatuline® may decrease heart rate. In patients treated for GEP-NETs, the incidence of heart rate < 60 bpm was 23% with Somatuline vs 16% with placebo. Incidence of heart rate < 50 bpm or bradycardia was 1% in each group.
- Somatuline ® may decrease bioavailability of cyclosporine. Cyclosporine dose may need to be adjusted.
In the GEP-NET pivotal trial, the most common adverse reactions (incidence >10% and more common than placebo) in patients treated with Somatuline Depot vs placebo were abdominal pain (34% vs 24%), musculoskeletal pain (19% vs 13%), vomiting (19% vs 9%), headache (16% vs 11%), injection site reaction (15% vs 7%), hyperglycemia (14% vs 5%), hypertension (14% vs 5%), and cholelithiasis (14% vs 7%).
You may report suspected adverse reactions to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or to Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. at 1-888-980-2889.
Please see the full Prescribing Information for Somatuline® Depot® by accessing the following link.
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