Fam-trastuzumab deruxtecan-nxki is approved by FDA for breast cancer

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April 2022: Adult patients with unresectable or metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer who have received a prior anti-HER2-based regimen either in the metastatic setting, or in the neoadjuvant or adjuvant setting and have developed disease recurrence during or within 6 months of completing therapy have been given fam-trastuzumab deruxtecan-nxki (Enhertu, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.) by the Food and Drug Administration.

ENHERTU-fam-trastuzumab-deruxtecan-nxkiAdult patients with unresectable or metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer who have received two or more previous anti-HER2-based regimens in the metastatic setting gained accelerated approval for fam-trastuzumab deruxtecan-nxki in December 2019. The confirmatory trial for speedy approval was the next step.

DESTINY-Breast03 (NCT03529110) was a multicenter, open-label, randomised trial that enrolled 524 patients with HER2-positive, unresectable, and/or metastatic breast cancer who had previously received trastuzumab and taxane therapy for metastatic disease or had disease recurrence during or within 6 months of finishing neoadjuvant or adjuvant therapy. Patients were given Enhertu or ado-trastuzumab emtansine intravenously every three weeks until intolerable toxicity or disease progression. Hormone receptor status, prior pertuzumab treatment, and visceral illness history were used to stratify the randomization process.

Progression-free survival (PFS) was the primary efficacy outcome measure, as determined by a blinded independent central review using the RECIST v.1.1 scoring system. The primary secondary outcome measures included overall survival (OS) and verified objective response rate (ORR). The Enhertu arm had a median PFS of not achieved (95 percent confidence interval: 18.5, not estimable) and the ado-trastuzumab emtansine arm had a median PFS of 6.8 months (95 percent confidence interval: 5.6, 8.2). The hazard ratio was 0.28 (95 percent confidence interval: 0.22 to 0.37; p=0.0001). 16 percent of patients had died at the time of the PFS study, while the OS was still in its infancy. The Enhertu arm had an ORR of 82.7 percent (95 percent CI: 77.4, 87.2) at baseline, while those receiving ado-trastuzumab emtansine had an ORR of 36.1 percent (95 percent CI: 30.0, 42.5).

Nausea, exhaustion, vomiting, baldness, constipation, anaemia, and musculoskeletal discomfort were the most common adverse events (incidence >30 percent) in patients taking Enhertu. Vomiting, interstitial lung disease, pneumonia, pyrexia, and urinary tract infection were serious side effects in more than 1% of patients who got Enhertu. A Boxed Warning on the prescribing instructions warns doctors about the possibility of interstitial lung disease and embryo-fetal damage.

Enhertu is given as an intravenous infusion once every three weeks (21-day cycle) until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

View full prescribing information for Enhertu.


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