PRINCETON, N.J. (10/21/2021)
Bristol Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) today announced that the European Commission (EC) has approved Opdivo (nivolumab) in combination with fluoropyrimidine- and platinum-based combination chemotherapy for the first-line treatment of adult patients with HER2-negative advanced or metastatic gastric, gastroesophageal junction (GEJ), or esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) whose tumors express PD-L1 with a combined positive score (CPS) ≥ 5.
The EC’s decision is based on results from the Phase 3 CheckMate -649 trial, in which first-line treatment with Opdivo plus leucovorin, 5-fluorouracil and oxaliplatin (FOLFOX) or capecitabine and oxaliplatin (CapeOX) was compared with chemotherapy alone. Results from the trial showed a statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement in overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with unresectable advanced or metastatic gastric cancer (GC), GEJ cancer (GEJC) or EAC whose tumors express PD-L1 with a CPS ≥ 5 (the primary endpoints of the study). The statistically significant OS benefit shown with Opdivo plus chemotherapy was also observed in PD-L1 positive patients with CPS ≥ 1 and in the all-randomized population. The safety profile observed for Opdivo plus chemotherapy in the CheckMate -649 trial was consistent with the known safety profiles of the individual treatments.
CheckMate -649 Efficacy and Safety Results in Patients with PD-L1 CPS ≥ 5
Results from CheckMate -649 include:
The EC approval allows for the use of Opdivo in combination with fluoropyrimidine and platinum-based combination chemotherapy for the first-line treatment of adult patients with HER2-negative advanced or metastatic gastric cancer, gastroesophageal junction (GEJ), or esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC), whose tumors express PD-L1 with a combined positive score (CPS) ≥ 5 in the 27 member states of the European Union, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.