- September 18, 2020
- Posted by: Stratford Team
- Category: Markets
Ipsen (Euronext: IPN; ADR: IPSEY) today announced the release of first efficacy and safety data from the CLARINET FORTE study, with the abstract to be presented as a mini-oral presentation at the 2020 European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress, taking place virtually from 19-21 September 2020. The prospective single-arm, open-label, exploratory, international Phase II study investigated the efficacy and safety of increasing the dose frequency of Somatuline® Autogel® (lanreotide) in patients with pancreatic or midgut NETs with centrally-assessed progression within the last two years while on a standard lanreotide regimen for =24 weeks. An extension of progression-free survival (PFS) rates and encouraging disease-control rates (DCR) were recorded in both tumor types, with no new safety signals.
“These results support a clinically meaningful benefit to a population of patients with high unmet medical need by potentially delaying escalation to more toxic treatments. This means patients with progressive NETs are able to remain on a more tolerable first-line standard of care for longer,” said Professor Marianne Pavel, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen, Germany, Senior Physician and Chair of Endocrinology, and lead investigator of the study.
Lanreotide is a synthetic form of a natural hormone called somatostatin and is used to control and treat the growth of some advanced tumors of the midgut and the pancreas called gastroenteropancreatic NETs or GEP-NETs. Previous studies have shown efficacy in tumor control for the 28-day regimen of lanreotide 120 mg, and positive effects on relief of clinical symptoms.2
Currently, patients with progressive disease after treatment with lanreotide (120 mg every 28 days) have limited treatment options and receive less well-tolerated systemic chemotherapy or molecular targeted therapies. As lanreotide has a favorable tolerability profile, an increased dosing frequency might delay the need for such therapies and could potentially maintain patients’ quality of life for longer.
The CLARINET FORTE study found that increasing the dose frequency of lanreotide from a first line standard dose of 120 mg every 28 days, to an increased dose of 120 mg every 14 days, a median PFS of 8.3 months (95% confidence interval [CI]: 5.5–8.3) was achieved in patients with progressive midgut NETs (n=51) and 5.6 months (95% CI: 5.5–8.3) in patients with progressive pancreatic NETs (n=48). Post-hoc subgroup analysis in the pancreatic NETs cohort showed median PFS of 8.0 months (95% CI: 5.6–8.3) in patients with Ki67 =10% (n=43).
“The CLARINET FORTE study is another example of Ipsen’s commitment to delivering scientific and medical advances that translate into patient outcomes. Progressive pancreatic or midgut NETs are among the fastest growing class of cancers worldwide, so we are delighted that these data presented at ESMO may mean that for these patients, the need for aggressive second-line therapies could be delayed for longer whilst also benefitting from continued progression-free survival,” said Professor Steven Hildemann, Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Head of Global Medical Affairs and Patient Safety, Ipsen.
The study found no new safety signals associated with this increased dose regimen. The increased lanreotide dosing frequency was well-tolerated, with treatment-related adverse events (TRAEs) remaining consistent with previous clinical studies and occurring in 37.5% and 51.0% of patients in the pancreatic NETs and midgut NETs cohorts, respectively; only one TRAE was Grade =3 (pancreatic NETs: fatigue [n=1], Grade 3). The most common (=10%) classes of TRAEs were gastrointestinal disorders (pancreatic NETs, 25.0%; midgut NETs, 37.3%) and general disorders/administration-site conditions (midgut NETs, 13.7%).
Together, these efficacy and safety results may represent an important therapeutic approach for patients living with pancreatic or midgut NETs. The full data will be presented as an on-demand mini-oral presentation on Friday 18 September at the ESMO Virtual Congress 2020.
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Neuroendocrine tumors, or NETs, are a group of uncommon tumors that develop in the cells of the neuroendocrine system, throughout the body.3,4 NETs occur in both men and women, in general aged 50 to 60 years old, although they can affect anyone of any age.1
The three main areas where NETs are found in the body are the gastrointestinal tract, the pancreas and the lungs.3,5
- Gastrointestinal NETs are found in the gastrointestinal tract or digestive system and are the most common type of NETs.5
- Pancreatic NETs are formed in the islet cells of the pancreas and include several uncommon types of NETs.5
- Lung NETs are less common, accounting for about one quarter of NETs.5
The symptoms of NETs are often not distinct and difficult to identify, and can take between five to seven years to fully diagnose.6 The number of people being newly diagnosed with NETs overall is believed to be rising.1 This is mainly due to increased awareness of the condition and diagnostic testing.1 NETs are now among the fastest growing class of cancers worldwide, accounting for around 2% of all cancers.1
About CLARINET FORTE
CLARINET FORTE is a prospective single-arm, open-label, exploratory, international Phase II study to explore the efficacy and safety of an increased Somatuline® Autogel® (lanreotide) dosing interval (120 mg every 14 days) in patients with metastatic or locally advanced unresectable pancreatic NETs or midgut NETs, with centrally-accessed progression within the last two years while on a standard lanreotide regimen (120 mg every 28 days) for more than 24 weeks.7
About Somatuline® (lanreotide)
Somatuline® Autogel®/Depot is made of the active substance lanreotide, which is a long-acting somatostatin analogue that inhibits the secretion of growth hormone and certain hormones secreted by the digestive system. The main indications of lanreotide are: 8
- The treatment of individuals with acromegaly when the circulating levels of Growth Hormone (GH) and/or Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) remain abnormal after surgery and/or radiotherapy, or in patients who otherwise require medical treatment.
- The treatment of grade 1 and a subset of grade 2 (Ki-67 index up to 10%) gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs) of midgut, pancreatic or unknown origin where hindgut sites of origin have been excluded, in adult patients with unresectable locally advanced or metastatic disease.
- The treatment of symptoms associated with neuroendocrine (particularly carcinoid) tumors.
The detailed recommendations for the use of lanreotide are described in the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC), available here.
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- Pavel M et al. Efficacy and safety of lanreotide autogel (LAN) 120 mg every 14 days in progressive pancreatic or midgut neuroendocrine tumours (NETs): CLARINET FORTE study results. Abstract presented at ESMO Virtual Congress 2020, 19–21 September.
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