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New Results Presented for Opdivo (nivolumab) Demonstrate Encouraging Response Rate in an Expanded Population of Heavily Pre-Treated Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients

Bristol-Myers Squibb
Posted on: 26 Oct 16

PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) today announced new results from CheckMate -205, a multi-cohort, single-arm, Phase 2 trial evaluating Opdivo (nivolumab) in patients with classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL). These results from cohort C (n=100) of the trial included patients with cHL who had received brentuximab vedotin before and/or after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (auto-HSCT). After a median follow-up of 8.8 months, the primary endpoint of objective response rate (ORR) per an independent radiologic review committee (IRRC) was 73% (n=73; 95% CI: 63.2-81.4) overall, which was consistent across patient subgroups regardless of the timing of prior brentuximab vedotin relative to auto-HSCT. The ORR was 70% (n=23; 95% CI: 51.3-84.4) in patients who received brentuximab vedotin only before auto-HSCT; 72% (n=41; 95% CI: 58.5-83.0) in patients who received brentuximab vedotin only after auto-HSCT; and 88% (n=7; 95% CI: 47.3-99.7) in patients who received brentuximab vedotin before and after auto-HSCT. The safety profile of Opdivo was consistent with previously reported data in this tumor type, and no new clinically meaningful safety signals were identified.

These data will be presented at the 10th International Symposium on Hodgkin Lymphoma (ISHL) in Cologne, Germany on Tuesday, October 25 at 3:00 p.m. CEST (Abstract #0149). This abstract was awarded the Karl Musshoff Prize for the Best Clinical Research Abstract, which is granted every three years in conjunction with ISHL for outstanding results in the field of Hodgkin lymphoma.

“These data from cohort C build on existing evidence supporting the benefit of Opdivo in classical Hodgkin lymphoma patients who have relapsed or progressed after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and post-transplantation brentuximab vedotin,” said Andreas Engert, M.D., study investigator and professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology, University Hospital of Cologne, Cologne, Germany. “Results from cohort C indicated a benefit with Opdivo regardless of the order of prior treatment with autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and brentuximab vedotin, providing important insights as we continue researching the potential role Opdivo could provide for heavily pre-treated classical Hodgkin lymphoma patients.”

In May 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Opdivo for the treatment of patients with cHL who have relapsed or progressed after auto-HSCT and post-transplantation brentuximab vedotin based on a combined analysis of data from cohort B of CheckMate -205 and the Phase 1 CheckMate -039 trial. This indication is approved under accelerated approval based on overall response rate. Continued approval for this indication may be contingent upon verification and description of clinical benefit in confirmatory trials.

In October 2016, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency recommended the approval of Opdivo for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory cHL after auto-HSCT and treatment with brentuximab vedotin based on data from cohort B of CheckMate -205 and CheckMate -039. The CHMP recommendation is now being reviewed by the European Commission, which has the authority to approve medicines for the European Union. Opdivo also is currently under regulatory review for cHL in Japan.

Fouad Namouni, M.D., head of development, Oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb, commented, “We continue to expand our Immuno-Oncology science in hematology, and these latest results from CheckMate -205 will help inform our research into classical Hodgkin lymphoma and aid us in determining whether Opdivo may provide benefit to a broader population of patients living with this difficult-to-treat disease.”

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Mike Wood

Last updated on: 26/10/2016

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