Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) today announced the publication of the detailed results from PALOMA-1, a randomized Phase 2 study of palbociclib in combination with letrozole versus letrozole alone, in The Lancet Oncology. As previously disclosed, PALOMA-1 achieved its primary endpoint with the combination of palbociclib and letrozole significantly prolonging progression-free survival (PFS) compared with letrozole alone in post-menopausal women with estrogen receptor positive (ER+), human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative (HER2-) locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer.
A New Drug Application (NDA) for palbociclib was accepted for filing and granted Priority Review by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This NDA is based on the final results of PALOMA-1. The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date for a decision by the FDA is April 13, 2015. IBRANCETM is the proposed trade name for palbociclib.
“The publication of the PALOMA-1 data in The Lancet Oncology marks another important milestone in the path to bring IBRANCETM, the proposed trade name for palbociclib, to women with ER+, HER2- metastatic breast cancer, who haven’t seen a first-line treatment advance in more than 10 years,” said Dr. Mace Rothenberg, Senior Vice President of Clinical Development and Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for Pfizer Oncology.
Results from PALOMA-1 were presented by lead author Dr. Richard Finn at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2014. PALOMA-1 was conducted in collaboration with the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program, led by Dr. Dennis Slamon.
For more information on clinical trials of palbociclib in breast cancer and other tumor types, please visitwww.clinicaltrials.gov.
About IBRANCETM (palbociclib)
IBRANCETM, the proposed trade name for palbociclib, is not approved for any indication in any market. Palbociclib is an investigational oral targeted agent that selectively inhibits cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) 4 and 6 to regain cell cycle control and block tumor cell proliferation.1
Loss of cell cycle control is a hallmark of cancer and CDK 4/6 are overactivated in numerous cancers, leading to loss of proliferative control.2,3CDK 4/6 are key regulators of the cell cycle that trigger cellular progression from growth phase (G1) into phases associated with DNA replication (S).4,5 CDK 4/6, whose increased activity is frequent in estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancer (BC), are key downstream targets of ER signaling in ER+ BC.6,7 Preclinical data suggest that dual inhibition of CDK 4/6 and ER signaling is synergistic, and it has been shown to stop growth of ER+ BC cell lines in the G1 phase.
About Pfizer Oncology
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DISCLOSURE NOTICE: The information contained in this release is as of December 15, 2014. 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 palbociclib, an investigational therapy, that involves substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Forward-looking statements include those about palbociclib’s potential benefits and the potential indication for the treatment of postmenopausal women with ER+, HER2- advanced breast cancer who have not received previous systemic treatment for their advanced disease (the “Potential Indication”). Risks and uncertainties include, among other things, the uncertainties inherent in research and development, including the ability to meet anticipated clinical trial commencement and completion dates and regulatory submission dates, as well as the possibility of unfavorable clinical trial results, including unfavorable new clinical data and additional analyses of existing clinical data; whether the PALOMA-2 Phase 3 trial of palbociclib for the Potential Indication will demonstrate a statistically significant improvement in progression-free survival and whether the other Phase 3 trials of palbociclib will meet their primary endpoints; whether regulatory authorities will be satisfied with the design of and results from our clinical studies; whether and when drug applications may be filed in any other jurisdictions for the Potential Indication or in any jurisdictions for any other potential indications for palbociclib; whether and when the NDA or any such other applications may be approved by the FDA or other regulatory authorities, which will depend on the assessment by such regulatory authorities of the benefit-risk profile suggested by the totality of the efficacy and safety information submitted; decisions by the FDA and other regulatory authorities regarding labeling and other matters that could affect the availability or commercial potential of the Potential Indication or any other such indications; and competitive developments.
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