Roche receives positive CHMP opinion for Tecentriq in combination with Avastin for the treatment of people with the most common form of liver cancer
- Recommendation is based on the results of the IMbrave150 study, in which the Tecentriq combination improved overall survival and progression-free survival compared with the previous standard of care
Basel, 18 September 2020 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced that the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has recommended the
approval of Tecentriq (atezolizumab) in combination with Avastin (bevacizumab) for the treatment of adult patients with advanced or unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who have not received
prior systemic therapy. Based on this recommendation, a final decision regarding approval of Tecentriq in combination with Avastin in this disease setting, along with the full details of the
approved indication, is expected from the European Commission in the near future.
“Today’s recommendation by the CHMP is a major step towards bringing Tecentriq in combination with Avastin to people in Europe who suffer from advanced or unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma,” said Levi Garraway, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer and Head of Global Product Development. “This represents an important milestone in a deadly malignancy and is part of our long-term commitment to improve the lives of people with various types and stages of liver disease.”
The recommendation from the CHMP is based on results from the Phase III IMbrave150 study, which showed that Tecentriq in combination with Avastin reduced the risk of death (overall survival [OS]) by 42% (hazard ratio [HR]=0.58; 95% CI: 0.42–0.79; p=0.0006) and reduced the risk of disease worsening or death (progression-free survival [PFS]) by 41% (HR=0.59; 95% CI: 0.47–0.76; p<0.0001), compared with sorafenib. IMbrave150 is the first Phase III cancer immunotherapy study to show an improvement in both OS and PFS in people with unresectable HCC compared with sorafenib. Grade 3–4 adverse events occurred in 57% of people receiving Tecentriq and Avastin and 55% of people receiving sorafenib. The most frequent serious adverse reactions (≥2%) were bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract and fever. These results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine on 14 May 2020.