Genentech gets Kadcyla FDA approval for post-surgery treatment of HER2+ EBC

Kadcyla FDA approval : Roche subsidiary Genentech has secured approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its breast cancer drug Kadcyla (ado-trastuzumab emtansine) for post-surgery treatment of HER2-positive early breast cancer (EBC) in patients with residual invasive disease who were subjected to before surgery taxane and Herceptin (trastuzumab)-based treatment.

The Kadcyla FDA approval was based on the FDA’s Real-Time Oncology Review (RTOR) and Assessment Aid pilot programs and was made 12 weeks post submission of application by Genetech.

FDA approved the Genetech breast cancer drug based on the data of a phase 3 trial – KATHERINE which showed that Kadcyla lowered the risk of invasive breast cancer recurrence or death from any cause (invasive disease-free survival; iDFS) to a significant extent by 50%. This was in comparison to Herceptin (trastuzumab) as a post-surgery treatment in people with HER2-positive EBC with residual invasive disease following taxane and Herceptin-based prior-surgery treatment.

KATHERINE also showed that three years after treatment with the Genetech breast cancer drug, 88.3% of patients did not face a relapse of breast cancer in comparison to 77.0% treated with Herceptin.

Kadcyla FDA approval
Genentech bags Kadcyla FDA approval for post-surgery treatment of HER2+ EBC. Image courtesy of F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.

Commenting on Kadcyla FDA approval, Sandra Horning –  chief medical officer and head of Global Product Development at Genentech, said: “This approval is a significant treatment advance for HER2-positive early breast cancer. By working closely with the FDA and participating in the Real-Time Oncology Review pilot program, we are able to make Kadcyla available for people with residual invasive disease after neoadjuvant therapy much sooner than anticipated.

“With every step forward in reducing the risk of disease recurrence, we come closer to the goal of helping each person with early breast cancer have the greatest opportunity for cure.”

The Genetech breast cancer drug in 2013 became the first antibody-drug conjugate to be approved by the FDA for the treatment of people with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer (mBC) who were previously treated with Herceptin and taxane chemotherapy.

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