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FDA Approves Selpercatinib for Lung and Thyroid Cancers with RET Gene Mutations or Fusions

Efficacy was evaluated in a multicentre, open-label, multi-cohort LIBRETTO-001 trial
12 May 2020
Anticancer agents & Biologic therapy;  Endocrine and neuroendocrine tumours;  Lung and other thoracic tumours;  Personalised medicine

On 8 May 2020, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to selpercatinib (RETEVMO, Eli Lilly and Company) for the following indications:

  • Adult patients with metastatic RET fusion-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC);
  • Adult and paediatric patients ≥12 years of age with advanced or metastatic RET-mutant medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) who require systemic therapy;
  • Adult and paediatric patients ≥12 years of age with advanced or metastatic RET fusion-positive thyroid cancer who require systemic therapy and who are radioactive iodine-refractory (if radioactive iodine is appropriate).

Efficacy was investigated in a multicentre, open-label, multi-cohort clinical trial (LIBRETTO-001) in patients whose tumours had RET alterations. Identification of RET gene alterations was prospectively determined in local laboratories using either next generation sequencing, polymerase chain reaction, or fluorescence in situ hybridisation. The main efficacy outcome measures were overall response rate (ORR) and response duration determined by a blinded independent review committee using RECIST v1.1.

Efficacy for RET-fusion-positive NSCLC was evaluated in 105 adult patients, previously treated with platinum chemotherapy. The ORR was 64% (95% confidence interval [CI] 54%, 73%); 81% of responding patients had responses lasting 6 months or longer. Efficacy was also evaluated in 39 patients who never received systemic treatment. The ORR for these patients was 85% (95% CI 70%, 94%); 58% of responding patients had responses lasting 6 months or longer.

Efficacy for advanced or metastatic RET-mutant MTC was investigated in adults and paediatric patients (≥12 years of age). The trial enrolled patients previously treated with cabozantinib, vandetanib, or both, and patients who had not received these drugs. The ORR for the 55 previously treated patients was 69% (95% CI 55%, 81%); 76% of responding patients had responses lasting 6 months or longer. Efficacy was also evaluated in 88 patients not previously treated with an approved therapy for MTC. The ORR for these patients was 73% (95% CI 62%, 82%); 61% of responding patients had responses lasting 6 months or longer.

Efficacy for RET fusion-positive thyroid cancer was evaluated in adults and paediatric patients (≥12 years of age). The trial enrolled 19 patients who were radioactive iodine-refractory (if appropriate) and had received another prior systemic treatment, and 8 patients who were RAI-refractory and had not received any additional therapy. The ORR for the 19 previously treated patients was 79% (95% CI 54%, 94%); 87% of responding patients had responses lasting 6 months or longer. Efficacy was also evaluated in 8 patients who received RAI and no other subsequent therapy. All 8 patients responded (95% CI 63%, 100%) and 75% had responses lasting 6 months or longer.

The most common adverse reactions, including laboratory abnormalities, (≥ 25%) were increased aspartate aminotransferase, increased alanine aminotransferase, increased glucose, decreased leukocytes, decreased albumin, decreased calcium, dry mouth, diarrhoea, increased creatinine, increased alkaline phosphatase, hypertension, fatigue, oedema, decreased platelets, increased total cholesterol, rash, decreased sodium, and constipation.

The recommended selpercatinib dose is weight based—120 mg for patients less than 50 kg, and 160 mg for those 50 kg or greater. Selpercatinib is taken orally twice daily with or without food; or with food when co-administered with a proton pump inhibitor.

Full prescribing information for RETEVMO is available here.

This review used the Assessment Aid, a voluntary submission from the applicant to facilitate the FDA’s assessment. This application was approved 3 months prior to the FDA goal date.

This application was granted accelerated approval based on ORR and response duration. Continued approval may be contingent upon verification of clinical benefit in confirmatory trials.

This application was granted priority review, breakthrough therapy, and orphan drug designation.

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