The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) met today to discuss the data supporting Eli Lilly and Company’s (NYSE: LLY) necitumumab in combination with gemcitabine and cisplatin for use in first-line treatment of patients with advanced squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
Squamous NSCLC is a devastating and difficult-to-treat form of lung cancer. The five-year survival rate for patients with metastatic disease is less than five percent. Necitumumab in combination with gemcitabine and cisplatin is the first regimen to show a significant improvement in overall survival over chemotherapy alone, specifically in the first-line setting.
“We are encouraged by the Committee’s constructive discussion on the benefit-risk profile of necitumumab as few advances have been made over the past two decades in the first-line treatment of advanced squamous NSCLC, leaving a significant unmet medical need,” said Richard Gaynor, M.D., senior vice president, product development and medical affairs for Lilly Oncology. “We believe necitumumab with gemcitabine and cisplatin represents a meaningful advance in the search for a new first-line treatment option and look forward to working closely with the FDA as they continue their review.”
The FDA is expected to make a decision on Lilly’s biologics license application for necitumumab later this year.
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