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FDA Approves Genentech's Tecentriq in Combination with Chemotherapy for the Initial Treatment of Adults with Extensive-Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer
21 March 2019 - - The US Food and Drug Administration approved Tecentriq (atezolizumab), in combination with carboplatin and etoposide (chemotherapy), for the initial (first-line) treatment of adults with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC), US-based Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO) (OTCQX: RHHBY).

This approval is based on results from the Phase III IMpower133 study, which showed that Tecentriq in combination with chemotherapy helped people live significantly longer compared to chemotherapy alone (median overall survival [OS] = 12.3 versus 10.3 months; hazard ratio [HR] = 0.70, 95 % CI: 0.54-0.91; p=0.0069) in the intention-to-treat population.

The Tecentriq-based combination also significantly reduced the risk of disease worsening or death (progression-free survival, PFS) compared to chemotherapy alone (PFS=5.2 versus 4.3 months; HR=0.77; 95 % CI: 0.62-0.96; p=0.017). Safety for the Tecentriq and chemotherapy combination appeared consistent with the known safety profile of Tecentriq.

Results from the Phase III IMpower133 study were simultaneously presented at the 2018 World Conference on Lung Cancer and published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Tecentriq is also approved in combination with Avastin (bevacizumab), paclitaxel and carboplatin (chemotherapy), for the initial (first-line) treatment of adults with metastatic non-squamous NSCLC with no EGFR or ALK genomic tumor aberrations.

Additionally, Tecentriq is approved by the FDA to treat adults with metastatic NSCLC who have disease progression during or following platinum-containing chemotherapy.

Patients with EGFR or ALK genomic tumor aberrations should have disease progression on FDA-approved therapy for NSCLC harboring these aberrations prior to receiving Tecentriq.

For those who qualify, Genentech offers patient assistance programs for people taking Tecentriq through Genentech Access Solutions.

IMpower133 is a Phase III, multicenter, double-blinded, randomized placebo- controlled study evaluating the efficacy and safety of Tecentriq in combination with chemotherapy (carboplatin and etoposide) versus chemotherapy (carboplatin and etoposide) alone in chemotherapy-naïve people with ES-SCLC.

Founded more than 40 years ago, Genentech is a biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious and life-threatening medical conditions. The company, a member of the Roche Group, has headquarters in South San Francisco, California.
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