EMA Adopts a New Indication for Nivolumab

It concerns the treatment of squamous cell cancer of the head and neck as monotherapy in adults progressing on or after platinum-based therapy

On 23 March 2017, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA’s) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion recommending a change to the terms of the marketing authorisation for the medicinal product nivolumab (Opdivo).

The marketing authorisation holder for this medicinal product is Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharma EEIG.

The CHMP adopted a new indication as follows:

"Opdivo as monotherapy is indicated for the treatment of squamous cell cancer of the head and neck in adults progressing on or after platinum-based therapy."

For information, the full indications for Opdivo will be as follows:

"Melanoma

Opdivo as monotherapy or in combination with ipilimumab is indicated for the treatment of advanced (unresectable or metastatic) melanoma in adults. Relative to nivolumab monotherapy, an increase in progression-free survival (PFS) for the combination of nivolumab with ipilimumab is established only in patients with low tumour PD-L1 expression.

Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)

Opdivo as monotherapy is indicated for the treatment of locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer after prior chemotherapy in adults.

Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC)

Opdivo as monotherapy is indicated for the treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma after prior therapy in adults.

Classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL)

Opdivo as monotherapy is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory classical Hodgkin lymphoma after autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) and treatment with brentuximab vedotin.

Squamous Cell Cancer of the Head and Neck (SCCHN)

Opdivo as monotherapy is indicated for the treatment of squamous cell cancer of the head and neck in adults progressing on or after platinum-based therapy."

Detailed recommendations for the use of this product will be described in the updated summary of product characteristics, which will be published in the revised European public assessment report, and will be available in all official European Union languages after a decision on this change to the marketing authorisation has been granted by the European Commission.