Novartis today announced the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has adopted a positive opinion recommending approval of Kisqali® (ribociclib) in combination with an aromatase inhibitor for treatment of postmenopausal women with hormone receptor positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 negative (HR+/HER2-) locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer as initial endocrine-based therapy. The CHMP recommendation of combining Kisqali with any aromatase inhibitor means that, if approved, oncologists could prescribe Kisqali with letrozole, anastrozole or exemestane, giving them the discretion to select the therapy they believe is most appropriate for each individual patient.
“This positive CHMP opinion brings us one step closer to improving the lives of women diagnosed with advanced or metastatic breast cancer throughout Europe,” said Bruno Strigini, CEO, Novartis Oncology. “There is currently no cure for advanced breast cancer, and approximately 30 percent of those affected by early-stage breast cancer will go on to develop advanced disease. We look forward to working with European health authorities to make Kisqali available to those who may benefit from it as quickly as possible.”
The positive CHMP opinion is based on superior efficacy and demonstrated safety of Kisqali plus letrozole versus letrozole alone in the pivotal Phase III MONALEESA-2 trial.
The European Commission will review the CHMP recommendation and usually delivers its final decision within two months. The decision will be applicable to all 28 European Union member states plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. Additional regulatory filings are underway with other health authorities worldwide.
In March 2017, Kisqali was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in combination with an aromatase inhibitor as initial endocrine-based therapy for treatment of postmenopausal women with HR+/HER2- advanced or metastatic breast cancer.
Globally, an estimated 250,000 women will be diagnosed with advanced breast cancer each year. Up to one-third of patients with early-stage breast cancer will subsequently develop metastatic disease, for which there is currently no cure.