FDA Breakthrough granted for Roche’s Gazyva

PharmaTimes | September 19, 2019

Roche has announced that Gazyva (obinutuzumab) has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Breakthrough Therapy Designation (BTD) for adults with lupus nephritis. The designation was based on the Phase II NOBILITY study, in which the drug in combination with standard of care (mycophenolate mofetil or mycophenolic acid and corticosteroids), demonstrated enhanced efficacy compared to placebo and standard of care alone in achieving complete renal response at one year. The trial also met its secondary endpoints, showing improved overall renal responses (complete and partial renal response) and serologic markers of disease activity as compared to placebo. Gazyva is an engineered monoclonal antibody designed to attach to CD20, a protein found only on certain types of B-cells. It is thought to work by attacking targeted cells both directly and together with the body's immune system. Sandra Horning, Roche’s chief medical officer and head of global product development, reminded that “new treatment options are needed for lupus nephritis”, and explained that the company is “committed to developing Gazyva as a potential new therapy for lupus nephritis and plan to begin enrolling patients in a phase III trial next year.”

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One person who understands drug shortages all too well is Sara Stuckey from Lincoln, Illinois. Sara's son, six-year old Nate, has been on methatrexate since he was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) back in 2009. The drug is the preferred treatment for the disease. Unfortunately, due to the shortage, Nate's doctor informed Sara that he only had enough of the drug only for Nate's treatment this week. High quality video is available for credentialed media.

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