On 12 January 2018, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted regular approval to olaparib tablets (Lynparza, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP), a poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor, for the treatment of patients with deleterious or suspected deleterious germline BRCA-mutated, HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer who have been treated with chemotherapy either in the neoadjuvant, adjuvant, or metastatic setting.
This is the first FDA-approved treatment for patients with germline BRCA-mutated HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer. Patients with hormone receptor (HR)-positive breast cancer should have been treated with a prior endocrine therapy or be considered inappropriate for endocrine treatment. Patients must be selected for therapy based on an FDA-approved companion diagnostic for olaparib.
Approval was based on data from OlympiAD (NCT02000622), an open-label, multi-centre clinical trial that randomised 302 patients with germline BRCA-mutated, HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer (2:1) to olaparib 300 mg orally twice daily or physician’s choice of chemotherapy (capecitabine, vinorelbine, or eribulin). All patients had to have a known deleterious or suspected deleterious germline BRCA mutation and must have received prior chemotherapy in the neoadjuvant, adjuvant, or metastatic setting to be randomised. Randomisation was stratified by prior use of chemotherapy for metastatic disease, hormone receptor status (hormone receptor-positive vs. triple-negative), and previous use of platinum-based chemotherapy.
The primary efficacy outcome was progression-free survival (PFS) assessed by blinded independent central review. Estimated median PFS was 7.0 and 4.2 months in the olaparib and chemotherapy arms, respectively (HR 0.58, 95% CI: 0.43, 0.80; p = 0.0009).
The most common adverse reactions reported in at least 20% of patients taking olaparib in clinical trials were anaemia, nausea, fatigue (including asthenia), vomiting, neutropenia, leukopenia, nasopharyngitis/upper respiratory tract infection/influenza, respiratory tract infection, diarrhoea, arthralgia/myalgia, dysgeusia, headache, dyspepsia, decreased appetite, constipation, and stomatitis.
FDA also granted marketing authorisation for the BRACAnalysis CDx® test (Myriad Genetic Laboratories, Inc.) for use as an aid in identifying patients with breast cancer with deleterious or suspected deleterious germline BRCA mutation who may be eligible for olaparib.
The effectiveness of the BRACAnalysis CDx® test was established based on the OlympiAD trial population for whom deleterious or suspected deleterious germline BRCA mutation status was confirmed with prospective or retrospective testing with the BRACAnalysis CDx® test.
The recommended dose of olaparib is 300 mg (two 150 mg tablets) taken orally twice daily with or without food. Full prescribing information is available here.
FDA granted priority review to olaparib for this application.
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