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Daratumumab approved in Europe for new myeloma indication


The European Commission has approved a new indication for daratumumab (Darzalex), according to the manufacturer.

The drug is now authorized for use in combination with bortezomib, melphalan, and prednisone (VMP) to treat adults with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (MM) who are ineligible for autologous stem cell transplant, according to a press release published on the Genmab website.

Daratumumab was previously approved by the European Commission (EC) for use in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone or bortezomib and dexamethasone to treat adults with MM who have received at least one prior therapy.

In addition, daratumumab is approved by the EC as monotherapy for adults with relapsed and refractory MM whose prior therapy included a proteasome inhibitor and an immunomodulatory agent and who had disease progression on their last therapy.

The EC’s latest approval for daratumumab is based on results from the phase 3 ALCYONE trial. Results from this study were presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology and simultaneously published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

ALCYONE enrolled 706 patients with newly diagnosed MM who were not eligible for high-dose chemotherapy with autologous stem cell transplant. Patients were randomized to receive VMP or daratumumab plus VMP (D-VMP).

The overall response rates were 91% in the D-VMP arm and 74% in the VMP arm (P less than.0001), and rates of complete response were 43% and 24%, respectively. Rates of minimal residual disease negativity were 22% and 6%, respectively.

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