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Sanofi highlights significant long-term outcomes with Libtayo

Sanofi said Friday that Libtayo (cemiplimab-rwlc) longer-term results in advanced cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma presented at ASCO 2020 show durable responses that deepen over time.

Sanofi said that new, longer-term data were shared today for PD-1 inhibitor Libtayo (cemiplimab-rwlc) from a pivotal Phase 2 trial in advanced cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (CSCC), the deadliest non-melanoma skin cancer. These results demonstrate both longer durability and higher complete response (CR) rates than previously reported. Furthermore, the data make up part of the largest and most mature prospective clinical dataset in patients with metastatic CSCC (mCSCC) or locally advanced CSCC (laCSCC) who are not candidates for curative surgery or radiation, Sanofi said. The data were presented during the virtual 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting. 

“The three-year follow-up data demonstrate significant long-term outcomes with Libtayo, which is now standard-of-care for patients with advanced CSCC in many countries,” said Dr. Danny Rischin, Director, Department of Medical Oncology at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Victoria, Australia. “The Libtayo data on duration of response and overall survival provide new insights into the longer-term treatment of advanced CSCC, with the median still not reached for either measure. Remarkably, it is exciting to see the number of complete responses increase with longer follow-up, which reinforces the potential ongoing benefit of Libtayo treatment in this aggressive skin cancer.”

With up to three years of follow-up, results from the pivotal Phase 2 trial showed 46% of patients (95% CI: 39%-53%) experienced tumor shrinkage following Libtayo treatment, with a median time to response of 2 months (interquartile range: 2-4 months). Furthermore, more patients (16%) saw their tumors disappear completely over time compared to previous analyses. Among patients with metastatic disease who had the longest available follow-up (Group 1 in table below), 20% of patients have now achieved a CR, increasing from 7% in the 2017 primary analysis. Among patients who achieved a CR in any group, median time to complete response was 11 months (interquartile range: 7-15 months). Median overall survival and median duration of response have yet to be reached for any treatment group.

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