FDA advisory committee to consider adjuvant sunitinib for RCC


The Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee to the Food and Drug Administration will meet on Sept. 19 to discuss a supplemental new drug application for sunitinib (Sutent), for the adjuvant treatment of adult patients at high risk of recurrent renal cell carcinoma (RCC) following nephrectomy.

Sunitinib is an oral antiangiogenic agent that has been approved for the treatment of advanced RCC since 2006.

The FDA accepted the new drug application in May and is expected to issue a decision by January 2018.

Results for sunitinib as adjuvant treatment have been mixed. No significant differences in disease-free survival or overall survival were found in the phase 3 ASSURE between patients receiving adjuvant sunitinib and those receiving placebo, according to results published in The Lancet. However, adjuvant sunitinib prolonged disease-free survival by 1.2 years, compared with placebo, in the phase 3 S-TRAC trial, presented at the 2016 ESMO Congress and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. S-TRAC results are the basis for the new drug application submitted by Pfizer, Inc., according to a press release.

The advisory committee will consider comments from the public if submitted by Sept. 5, as electronic comments through the electronic filing system or by mail/hand delivery/courier at Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

The docket number is FDA-2017-N-1063.

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