Pfizer’s ELREXFIO™ Receives Positive CHMP Opinion for Relapsed and Refractory Multiple Myeloma
ELREXFIO is an off-the-shelf (ready-to-use) BCMA-directed immunotherapy that induces deep and durable responses with a manageable tolerability profile, as well as convenient subcutaneous dosing
NEW YORK, OCTOBER 13, 2023 – Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) today announced the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has adopted a positive opinion, recommending marketing authorization for ELREXFIO™ (elranatamab). ELREFXIO is a targeted immunotherapy for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM) who have received at least three prior therapies, including an immunomodulatory agent, a proteasome inhibitor and an anti-CD38 antibody and have demonstrated disease progression on the last therapy. ELREXFIO was evaluated through the EMA PRIME scheme, a program that supports the development of medicines that target an unmet medical need, and through Orphan Drug Designation. The European Commission (EC), which authorizes central marketing approvals in the European Union (EU), will take a legally binding decision based on the CHMP recommendation and is expected to make a final decision in the coming months. If granted, the decision will apply to all 27 EU member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.
“People with multiple myeloma are prone to relapse and resistance, and they often have no choice but to recycle treatment classes as they go through successive rounds of therapy. Efficacious and tolerable new treatments are desperately needed, especially in later-line care,” said MagnetisMM clinical trial investigator Mohamad Mohty, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Hematology and Head of the Hematology and Cellular Therapy Department at the Saint-Antoine Hospital and Sorbonne University, Paris, France. “With its generally manageable safety profile and clinically meaningful and durable responses among hard-to-treat patients, ELREXFIO offers a new tool in the fight against relapse and resistance.”
ELREXFIO is a subcutaneously delivered B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA)-CD3-directed bispecific antibody (BsAb) immunotherapy that binds to BCMA on myeloma cells and CD3 on T-cells, bringing them together and activating the T-cells to kill myeloma cells. The CHMP recommendation is based on data from cohort A of the Phase 2 MagnetisMM-3 study (NCT04649359) showing meaningful responses among heavily pretreated RRMM patients (at least three prior therapies, including an immunomodulatory agent, a proteasome inhibitor and an anti-CD38 antibody) who received ELREXFIO as their first BCMA-directed therapy. In an analysis of these patients (n=123) at 15 months, the objective response rate was 61%, with a 72% probability of maintaining a response at 15 months. These data were recently published in Nature Medicine.
The results from MagnetisMM-3 also established once-every-other-week dosing with ELREXFIO for responding patients after 24 weeks of weekly therapy, which means less time at the clinic and potentially greater long-term treatment tolerability. Among responding patients who switched to every-other-week dosing at least six months prior to the data cut-off date (n=50), 80% maintained or improved their response after the switch, with 38% attaining a complete response (CR) or better after the switch.
“We discovered and developed ELREXFIO as an off-the-shelf (ready-to-use) fixed-dose option with a subcutaneous administration to be broadly accessible as quickly as possible,” said Chris Boshoff, Chief Oncology Research and Development Officer and Executive Vice President, Pfizer. “We’re excited at the possibility of ELREXFIO reaching people with multiple myeloma that have relapsed and refractory disease across Europe. We’re also exploring the use of ELREXFIO in earlier lines of therapy to potentially help even more people with multiple myeloma.”
The extensive MagnetisMM clinical development program is investigating ELREXFIO’s use across the entire spectrum of patients with multiple myeloma, from those with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma to RRMM. Ongoing registrational-intent trials are exploring ELREXFIO both as monotherapy and in combination with standard or novel therapies. These include MagnetisMM-5 in the double-class exposed setting, MagnetisMM-6 in newly diagnosed patients who are ineligible for stem cell transplant, and MagnetisMM-7 in newly diagnosed patients after transplant.
The most common adverse reactions to ELREXFIO are cytokine release syndrome (CRS) (58%), anemia (54%), neutropenia (45%), fatigue (44%), upper respiratory tract infection (39%), injection site reaction (38%), diarrhoea (38%), pneumonia (37%), thrombocytopenia (36%), lymphopenia (30%), decreased appetite (27%), rash (26%), joint pain (arthralgia) (25%), fever (pyrexia) (27%), hypokalemia (23%), nausea (21%), and dry skin (21%). Serious adverse reactions are pneumonia (31%), sepsis (15%), CRS (13%), anemia (6%), upper respiratory tract infection (5%), urinary tract infection (3%), febrile neutropenia (3%), dyspnea (2%), and pyrexia (2%).
ELREXFIO received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August 2023 under the FDA’s Accelerated Approval Program, which allows for earlier approval of drugs that treat serious conditions and fill an unmet medical need. The FDA review was also conducted under Project Orbis, a framework for the concurrent submission and review of oncology drugs among international partners to potentially expedite approvals. ELREXFIO has been approved under Project Orbis in Switzerland, and four other countries (Brazil, Canada, Australia, and Singapore) are participating. The UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has granted ELREXFIO Innovative Medicine Designation and the Innovation Passport, for the treatment of MM.
About Multiple Myeloma
Multiple myeloma (MM) is an aggressive and currently incurable blood cancer that affects plasma cells made in the bone marrow. Healthy plasma cells make antibodies that help the body fight infection.1 MM is the second most common type of blood cancer, with over 50,000 new cases diagnosed annually in Europe and 176,000 new cases diagnosed globally each year.2,3 About half of those diagnosed with MM won’t survive beyond five years, and most will receive four or more lines of therapy due to relapse.4 While disease trajectory varies for each person, relapses are nearly inevitable.5 Real-world evidence shows that people with RRMM often become resistant to the three main classes of treatment – proteasome inhibitors, immunomodulatory agents and anti-CD38 monoclonal antibodies – after just a few rounds of therapy, and re-treating with these classes was common.6 The goal of therapy for people with RRMM is to achieve disease control with acceptable toxicity and improved quality of life.7
What is the most important information I should know about ELREXFIO?
ELREXFIO (elranatamab-bcmm) may cause side effects that are serious, life-threatening, or can lead to death, including cytokine release syndrome (CRS) and neurologic problems.
Tell your healthcare provider or get medical help right away if you develop any signs or symptoms of CRS or neurologic problems at any time during your treatment with ELREXFIO.
Cytokine release syndrome (CRS). Symptoms of CRS may include:
• fever of 100.4°F (38ºC) or higher
• trouble breathing
• dizziness or light-headedness
• fast heartbeat
• increased liver enzymes in your blood
Due to the risk of CRS, you will receive ELREXFIO on a “step-up” dosing schedule and should be hospitalized for 48 hours after the first “step-up” dose and for 24 hours after the second “step-up” dose of ELREXFIO.
• During the “step-up” dosing schedule:
o For your first dose, you will receive a smaller “step-up” dose of ELREXFIO on day 1 of treatment
o For your second dose, you will receive a larger “step-up” dose of ELREXFIO, which is usually given on day 4 of treatment
o For your third dose, you will receive the first treatment dose of ELREXFIO, which is usually given on day 8 of treatment
• If your dose of ELREXFIO is delayed for any reason, you may need to repeat the “step-up” dosing schedule
• Before each dose of ELREXFIO you receive during the “step-up” dosing schedule, you will receive medications to help reduce your risk of CRS. Your healthcare provider will decide if you need to receive medications to help reduce your risk of CRS with future doses
Neurologic problems. Symptoms of neurologic problems may include:
• agitation, trouble staying awake, confusion or disorientation, or seeing or hearing things that are not real (hallucinations)
• trouble speaking, thinking, remembering things, paying attention, or understanding things
• problems walking, muscle weakness, shaking (tremors), loss of balance, or muscle spasms
• numbness and tingling (feeling like “pins and needles”)
• burning, throbbing, or stabbing pain
• changes in your handwriting
Your healthcare provider will monitor you for signs and symptoms of CRS and neurologic problems during treatment with ELREXFIO, as well as other side effects, and will treat you as needed. Your healthcare provider may temporarily stop or completely stop your treatment with ELREXFIO if you develop CRS, neurologic problems, or any other severe side effects.
If you have any questions about ELREXFIO, ask your healthcare provider.
See “What are the possible side effects of ELREXFIO?” section for more information about side effects.
ELREXFIO is available only through the ELREXFIO Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Program due to the risk of CRS and neurologic problems. You will receive an ELREXFIO Patient Wallet Card from your healthcare provider. Carry the ELREXFIO Patient Wallet Card with you at all times and show it to all of your healthcare providers. The ELREXFIO Patient Wallet Card lists signs and symptoms of CRS and neurologic problems. Get medical help right away if you develop any of the signs and symptoms listed on the ELREXFIO Patient Wallet Card. You may need to be treated in a hospital.
Before taking ELREXFIO, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
have an infection
are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. ELREXFIO may harm your unborn baby. Females who are able to become pregnant:
o Your healthcare provider should do a pregnancy test before you start treatment with ELREXFIO
o You should use effective birth control (contraception) during treatment and for 4 months after your last dose of ELREXFIO
o Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant or think that you may be pregnant during treatment with ELREXFIO
are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if ELREXFIO passes into your breast milk. Do not breastfeed during treatment and for 4 months after your last dose of ELREXFIO
Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medications you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
What should I avoid while receiving ELREXFIO?
Do not drive or operate heavy or potentially dangerous machinery for 48 hours after completing each of the 2 doses of ELREXFIO that are part of the “step-up" dosing schedule and the first treatment dose and at any time during treatment with ELREXFIO if you develop any new neurologic symptoms until the symptoms go away.
What are the possible side effects of ELREXFIO?
ELREXFIO may cause serious side effects, including:
• Infections. Upper respiratory tract infection and pneumonia are common during treatment with ELREXFIO. ELREXFIO can cause bacterial and viral infections that are severe, life-threatening, or that may lead to death. Your healthcare provider will monitor you for symptoms of infection before and during treatment with ELREXFIO
o Your healthcare provider may prescribe medications for you to help prevent infections and treat you as needed if you develop an infection during treatment with ELREXFIO
o Tell your healthcare provider right away if you develop any signs or symptoms of an infection during treatment with ELREXFIO, including:
fever of 100.4°F (38ºC) or higher
shortness of breath
pain during urination
feeling weak or generally unwell
o People with active infections should not start ELREXFIO
• Decreased white blood cell counts. Decreased white blood cell counts are common during treatment with ELREXFIO and can also be severe. A fever can occur with low white blood cell counts and may be a sign that you have an infection. Your healthcare provider will treat you as needed
• Liver problems. ELREXFIO can cause increased liver enzymes and bilirubin in your blood. These increases can happen with or without you also having CRS. Tell your healthcare provider if you develop any of the following signs or symptoms of a liver problem:
o loss of appetite
o pain in your right upper stomach-area (abdomen)
o dark urine
o yellowing of your skin or the white part of your eyes
Your healthcare provider will check your blood and monitor you for signs and symptoms of these serious side effects before you start and during treatment with ELREXFIO and may temporarily or completely stop treatment with ELREXFIO if you develop certain side effects.
The most common side effects of ELREXFIO include:
• injection site reaction, such as redness, itching, pain, bruising, rash, swelling, and tenderness
• muscle and bone pain decreased appetite rash
The most common severe abnormal lab test results with ELREXFIO include decreased white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets.
These are not all of the possible side effects of ELREXFIO.
Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is ELREXFIO?
ELREXFIO is a prescription medication used to treat adults with multiple myeloma who have already received at least four treatment regimens (including a proteasome inhibitor, an immunomodulatory agent, and an anti-CD38 monoclonal antibody) to treat their multiple myeloma, and their cancer has come back or did not respond to prior treatment.
ELREXFIO is approved based on patient response. Data are not yet available to show if ELREXFIO improves survival or symptoms.
It is not known if ELREXFIO is safe and effective in children.
Please read full Prescribing Information, including BOXED WARNING, for ELREXFIO.
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DISCLOSURE NOTICE: The information contained in this release is as of October 13, 2023. Pfizer assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements contained in this release as the result of new information or future events or developments.
This release contains forward-looking information about ELREXFIO (elranatamab), a B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA) CD3-directed bispecific antibody, including its potential benefits, pending regulatory applications and the MagnetisMM clinical program to potentially expand ELREXFIO into earlier lines of treatment, as monotherapy and in combination with standard or novel therapies, and Pfizer Oncology, that involves substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Risks and uncertainties include, among other things, uncertainties regarding the commercial success of ELREXFIO; the uncertainties inherent in research and development, including the ability to meet anticipated clinical endpoints, commencement and/or completion dates for our clinical trials, regulatory submission dates, regulatory approval dates and/or launch dates, as well as the possibility of unfavorable new clinical data and further analyses of existing clinical data; the risk that clinical trial data are subject to differing interpretations and assessments by regulatory authorities; whether regulatory authorities will be satisfied with the design of and results from our clinical studies; whether and when drug applications for any potential indications for ELREXFIO may be filed in any particular jurisdictions; whether and when the EMA may approve the pending application for ELREXFIO for the treatment of people with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM) and whether and when regulatory authorities in any jurisdictions may approve any such other applications that may be pending or filed for ELREXFIO, which will depend on myriad factors, including making a determination as to whether the product's benefits outweigh its known risks and determination of the product's efficacy and, if approved, whether ELREXFIO will be commercially successful; decisions by regulatory authorities impacting labeling, manufacturing processes, safety and/or other matters that could affect the availability or commercial potential of ELREXFIO; uncertainties regarding the impact of COVID-19 on Pfizer’s business, operations and financial results; and competitive developments.
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