Puma Biotechnology to modify summary of product characteristics in MAA
Puma Biotechnology announced that based on its recent meeting with the Rapporteur, Co-Rapporteur and review team members, as well as the European Medicines Agency, the company plans to modify the summary of product characteristics, sometimes referred to as the European product label, in its Marketing Authorisation Application to restrict the intended population to patients initiating neratinib treatment within one year after completion of adjuvant trastuzumab therapy. The proposed SmPC will continue to include both hormone receptor positive and hormone receptor negative patients. Puma recently conducted a meeting with the Rapporteur, Co-rapporteur and members of the review team as well as EMA to discuss the responses to the 120-day list of questions received in connection with the Company's MAA for neratinib that was submitted in the summer of 2016. The initially proposed indication was for the "extended adjuvant treatment of adult patients with early-stage HER2-overexpressed/amplified breast cancer who have received prior adjuvant trastuzumab based therapy." During this meeting it was discussed that neratinib would likely be sequenced immediately after adjuvant trastuzumab and more benefit was observed in the subgroup of patients who received neratinib within 1 year from prior trastuzumab completion when compared with those patients receiving neratinib after 1 year from the completion of prior trastuzumab treatment. In addition, data from the pivotal adjuvant trastuzumab trials suggest that patients are at higher risk of recurrence closer to completion of adjuvant trastuzumab, and the risk of recurrence may decrease over time. Based on this meeting, Puma will be revising the proposed SmPC in its MAA for neratinib to restrict the intended population to those patients initiating neratinib treatment within one year after completion of adjuvant trastuzumab therapy. The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use is continuing to review Puma's MAA and has not yet made a final decision to recommend approval of the drug for the updated or any other indication and there is no guarantee when, if ever, the MAA will be approved. The tables below, based on the interim 5 year analysis announced in July 2016, show results for the invasive disease free survival of the initially proposed intent to treat population and the intent to treat population in the subgroup of patients who initiated neratinib treatment within one year after completion of adjuvant trastuzumab therapy.