Accelerated Approval: US FDA Panel To Reconsider Six Indications For Checkpoint Inhibitors
Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee will meet for three days in April to consider whether indications for Tecentriq, Keytruda and Opdivo should remain on label despite failure to confirm clinical benefit; review is part of the Oncology Center of Excellence’s ‘industry-wide evaluation’ of accelerated approvals, which has led to withdrawals of four other PD-1/L-1 inhibitor claims.
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Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock says FDA is interested in establishing new ‘Centers of Excellence’ but the current environment is not the right time to make changes at the agency. Woodcock also talked about where FDA will spend its new pandemic money and its reexamination of accelerated approval drugs in a wide-sweeping conversation with the Alliance for a Stronger FDA.
US FDA’s expedited pathway remains alive and well in oncology, but ‘dangling’ indications may be subject to more regular public scrutiny going forward; negative votes for two of six indications reflected the influence of Oncology Center of Excellence director Richard Pazdur.
Bladder Cancer Accelerated Approvals: Merck’s Keytruda and Genentech’s Tecentriq Each May Have One Last Lifeline
US FDA will ask advisory committee whether data from the trial supporting full approval of Merck’s Keytruda for second-line setting can be used to confirm clinical benefits for earlier setting of patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma who are not eligible for cisplatin-containing chemotherapy following a failed confirmatory study. Genentech’s Tecentriq is also at risk of losing its accelerated approval in that space but it could buy some time as its confirmatory study is not yet complete. New competitor entrant since accelerated approvals also lessens degree of unmet need.