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FDA approves ramucirumab-erlotinib combo for metastatic NSCLC


The Food and Drug Administration has approved ramucirumab (Cyramza) in combination with erlotinib for the first-line treatment of metastatic non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with EGFR exon 19 deletions or exon 21 mutations.

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The approval was supported by results from the phase 3 RELAY trial (Lancet Oncol. 2019 Dec;20[12]:1655-69). The trial enrolled 449 patients with previously untreated, EGFR-mutated, metastatic NSCLC.

Patients received either ramucirumab at 10 mg/kg or placebo every 2 weeks as an intravenous infusion in combination with erlotinib at 150 mg orally once daily. Patients continued treatment until they progressed or developed unacceptable toxicity. The median progression-free survival was 19.4 months in the ramucirumab-erlotinib arm, compared with 12.4 months in the placebo-erlotinib arm (hazard ratio, 0.59; 95% confidence interval, 0.46-0.76; P < .0001). The overall response rate was 76% in the ramucirumab arm and 75% in the placebo arm. The median duration of response was 18.0 months and 11.1 months, respectively. Overall survival data were not mature at the final analysis.

Adverse events that were more common in the ramucirumab arm were infections, hypertension, stomatitis, proteinuria, alopecia, epistaxis, and peripheral edema. Full prescribing information is available on the FDA website.

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