Celgene Receives European Commission Approvals for REVLIMID (lenalidomide) and IMNOVID (pomalidomide)-based Triplet Combination Regimens for Patients with Multiple Myeloma
Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG), today announced that the European Commission (EC) has approved two new triplet regimens based on Celgene’s proprietary IMiD treatments, REVLIMID (lenalidomide) and IMNOVID (pomalidomide).
REVLIMID in combination with bortezomib and dexamethasone (RVd), is now indicated for the treatment of adult patients with previously untreated multiple myeloma who are not eligible for transplant. In addition, IMNOVID, in combination with bortezomib and dexamethasone (PVd), is now indicated for the treatment of adult patients with multiple myeloma who have received at least one prior treatment regimen including lenalidomide.
“The approval of these combination therapies marks a significant milestone for patients with multiple myeloma in Europe,” said Nadim Ahmed, President of Hematology/Oncology for Celgene. “With these new triplet regimens we hope to improve outcomes for both newly diagnosed patients as well as those who have relapsed or become refractory to first-line therapy. IMiD agents have brought significant benefit to multiple myeloma patients and we are committed to advancing our pipeline of novel myeloma treatments in order to ensure physicians and patients continue to have new treatment options available to fight this disease.”
The choice of treatment in a first-line therapy setting is important1 as patients progressively become less responsive to therapy, and experience shorter periods of remission at later lines of treatment.2 Studies have shown that RVd can provide newly diagnosed patients that are not eligible for a transplant with a treatment option that significantly prolongs the first remission.3
“Determining first-line therapy is an important consideration in the overall treatment plan for patients with multiple myeloma,” said Prof. Thierry Facon, Professor of Haematology in the Department of Haematology, Lille University Hospital, France. “Since REVLIMID in combination with dexamethasone is already a standard of care in multiple myeloma, we’re excited by the prospect of a new REVLIMID-based triplet option for previously untreated patients who are not eligible for transplant.”
The approval for the REVLIMID triplet (RVd) was supported by data from SWOG S07773, a phase 3 trial evaluating the triplet combination, RVd, in adult patients with previously untreated multiple myeloma.
“Today’s approval for use of the IMNOVID-containing triplet, PVd, as early as first relapse, underscores the potential clinical benefit this regimen can provide to patients following a prior treatment including REVLIMID,” said Prof. Meletios Dimopoulos, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Clinical Therapeutics at the University Athens School of Medicine, Athens, Greece. “REVLIMID-based regimens are often used as a standard of care in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients, and there is a growing patient population who become refractory to REVLIMID and need proven treatment options.”