BRUKINSA (Zanubrutinib) Demonstrates Superior Objective Response Rate by Investigator Assessment and Reduced Rates of Atrial Fibrillation or Flutter at Interim Analysis in Head-to-Head Trial Against Ibrutinib in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
BeiGene (NASDAQ: BGNE; HKEX: 06160) announced positive results from a planned interim analysis of the Phase 3 ALPINE trial comparing BRUKINSA (zanubrutinib) against ibrutinib in adults with relapsed or refractory (R/R) chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL).
BRUKINSA met the primary endpoint of the trial, demonstrating non-inferiority in objective response rate (ORR) by both investigator and independent review committee (IRC) assessments (p < 0.0001). The trial also demonstrated superior ORR with a statistically significant improvement in ORR for BRUKINSA vs. ibrutinib (p = 0.0006) by investigator assessment, as well as a numerically higher ORR but not statistically significant improvement by IRC (p = 0.0121 compared to the two-sided stringent statistical boundary of p < 0.0099 set for the interim analysis). The interim analysis from this fully-enrolled, ongoing trial is based on 415 of 652 patients followed for a minimum of 12 months.
Data pertaining to progression-free survival (PFS) in the 652 patients, a secondary endpoint of the trial, were immature at the data cutoff for the interim analysis. However, the discriptive summaries of PFS showed an early trend favoring BRUKINSA.
The trial also met a pre-specified secondary endpoint related to safety. Compared to ibrutinib, BRUKINSA demonstrated a statistically significant lower risk of atrial fibrillation or flutter, which is characterized by an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. Overall, the safety profile of BRUKINSA was consistent with the previously seen profile in its clinical development program.
ALPINE is BeiGene’s second Phase 3 head-to-head trial comparing BRUKINSA to ibrutinib.
Jane Huang, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Hematology of BeiGene said, “The interim results from this head-to-head trial demonstrated that, as a selective inhibitor designed to deliver sustained and continuous inhibition of BTK, BRUKINSA provides CLL patients with improvements in response and reduced rates of atrial fibrillation or flutter compared to ibrutinib. Data from this interim analysis, in addition to BRUKINSA’s comprehensive clinical program, provide important new information to support its benefit-risk profile.”