Orion Corporation Press release 31 May 2019 at 5.00 p.m. EEST
2019 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting - Darolutamide data presented
Orion's and Bayer's darolutamide plus androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) delays worsening of disease-related symptoms and maintains quality of life beyond end of study treatment compared to placebo plus ADT in men with non-metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.
Darolutamide plus androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) delays worsening of disease-related symptoms in men with non-metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (nmCRPC) compared with placebo plus ADT, according to exploratory data from the pivotal Phase III ARAMIS trial presented in an oral presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual
Meeting in Chicago. Exposure-adjusted incidences of treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs), including notably TEAEs associated with androgen receptor (AR) antagonists, were generally similar for darolutamide plus ADT compared to placebo plus ADT1. Data also indicate that darolutamide plus ADT maintained quality of life, compared to placebo plus ADT even beyond the end of study treatment. Primary results of this study have been previously published in the New England Journal of Medicine.3 Based on the study results, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Priority Review for the New Drug Application (NDA) for darolutamide in April 2019, and Bayer has filed for approval in the European Union (EU), Japan, as well as other health authorities. Darolutamide is being developed jointly by Orion Corporation and Bayer.
"At this stage of prostate cancer, when men typically feel well and generally do not have symptoms, it is important that we have potential treatment options that will prevent the spread of prostate cancer for as long as possible, while limiting burdensome side effects of therapy, which allows patients to continue their day-to-day lives," said Karim Fizazi, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine at the Institut Gustave Roussy, University of Paris Sud, France. "These new data demonstrate darolutamide's ability to maintain patients' quality of life while receiving treatment. When you add these findings to previously reported data, the product has the potential to become an important treatment option for men with nmCRPC."
"The results from the ARAMIS trial published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that Darolutamide is highly effective in the treatment of patients with non-metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (nmCRPC) and that darolutamide has an excellent safety profile that resembles that of placebo. The new analyses from the ARAMIS trial show that patients treated with Darolutamide maintain their quality of life while on Darolutamide treatment, which is very good news for the patients. These highly important results encourage us further to bring this treatment to nmCRPC patients as soon as possible," said Christer Nordstedt, MD, PhD, Senior Vice President, Research and Development, Orion Corporation.
Darolutamide data presented at ASCO
In an analysis focusing on patient-relevant endpoints, data on the secondary endpoint of time to pain progression, assessed by the BPI-SF (Brief Pain Inventory - Short Form) patient questionnaire, show that darolutamide plus ADT delayed worsening of pain in men with nmCRPC versus placebo plus ADT (40.3 versus 25.4 months; HR 0.65; 95% CI 0.53-0.79; P<0.001).1 At this interim analysis, the results are not statistical significant.1
In a pre-planned analysis on the FACT-P PCS (Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy - Prostate, Prostate Cancer Subscale) questionnaire, quality of life was maintained in men receiving treatment with darolutamide plus ADT, as demonstrated by mean scores from the FACT-P PCS.1 FACT-P PCS assesses both impact of disease- and treatment related symptoms on men's quality of life, and was assessed every 16 weeks until end of study treatment, and at every visit thereafter until end of study or death.1 Mean scores were maintained and similar in both treatment arms throughout the study. At the end of treatment, the mean change from baseline of -8.55 with darolutamide plus ADT was similar to placebo plus ADT.1 The quality of life scores were maintained beyond end of study treatment.
A new post-hoc analysis of the ARAMIS data shows that treatment with darolutamide plus ADT delays the onset of urinary and bowel symptoms in men with nmCRPC compared to placebo plus ADT (urinary symptoms: 25.8 versus 4.8 months; HR=0.64; 95% CI 0.54-0.76; P<0.01; bowel symptoms: 18.4 versus 11.5 months; HR=0.78; 95% CI 0.66-0.92; P<0.01), as shown by time to deterioration of symptoms in the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer QoL Prostate Cancer module (EORTC-QLQ-PR25).1 Statistical significance cannot be reported as these are exploratory endpoint data.1
Exposure-adjusted incidences of treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs), including notably TEAEs associated with androgen receptor (AR) antagonists, were generally similar for darolutamide plus ADT compared to placebo plus ADTand included fatigue/asthenic conditions (11.3% versus 11.1%), hypertension (4.7% versus 5.1%), falls (3.0% versus 4.6%), cognitive disorder (0.3% versus 0.2%), and memory impairment (0.4% versus 1.2%) .1
About the ARAMIS trial
The ARAMIS trial is a randomized, Phase III, multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of oral darolutamide in patients with nmCRPC who are currently being treated with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) as standard of care and are at high risk for developing metastatic disease. 1,509 patients were randomized in a 2:1 ratio to receive 600 mg of darolutamide twice a day or placebo along with ADT.
Darolutamide is a non-steroidal androgen receptor (AR) antagonist with a distinct chemical structure that binds to the receptor with high affinity and exhibits strong antagonistic activity, thereby inhibiting the receptor function and the growth of prostate cancer cells. In preclinical studies, darolutamide demonstrated lower blood-brain barrier penetration compared to other currently available AR antagonists.4
In addition to the Phase III ARAMIS trial in men with nmCRPC, darolutamide is also being investigated in a Phase III study in metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer (ARASENS). Information about these trials can be found at www.clinicaltrials.gov.
Darolutamide is not approved by the U.S. FDA, the European Medicines Agency or any other health authority.
About castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC)
Prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed malignancy in men worldwide.5 In 2018, an estimated 1.2 million men were diagnosed with prostate cancer, and about 358,000 died from the disease worldwide.5 Prostate cancer is the fifth leading cause of death from cancer in men.5 Prostate cancer results from the abnormal proliferation of cells within the prostate gland, which is part of a man's reproductive system.6 It mainly affects men over the age of 50, and the risk increases with age.7 Treatment options range from surgery to radiation treatment to therapy using hormone-receptor antagonists, i.e., substances that stop the formation of testosterone or prevent its effect at the target location.8 However, in nearly all cases, the cancer eventually becomes resistant to conventional hormone therapy.9
CRPC is an advanced form of the disease where the cancer keeps progressing even when the amount of testosterone is reduced to very low levels in the body. The field of treatment options for castration-resistant patients is evolving rapidly, but until recently, there have been no effective treatment options for CRPC patients who have rising prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels while on ADT and no detectable metastases. In men with progressive nmCRPC, a rapid PSA doubling time has been consistently associated with reduced time to first metastasis and death.10
Orion is a globally operating Finnish pharmaceutical company - a builder of well-being. Orion develops, manufactures and markets human and veterinary pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. The company is continuously developing new drugs and treatment methods. The core therapy areas of Orion's pharmaceutical R&D are central nervous system (CNS) disorders, oncology and respiratory diseases for which Orion develops inhaled Easyhaler® pulmonary drugs. Orion's net sales in 2018 amounted to EUR 977 million and the company had about 3,200 employees at the end of the year. Orion's A and B shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.
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Christer Nordstedt, MD, PhD, Senior Vice President, Research and Development, Orion Corporation
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Orion is a globally operating Finnish pharmaceutical company - a builder of well-being. Orion develops, manufactures and markets human and veterinary pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. The company is continuously developing new drugs and treatment methods. The core therapy areas of Orion's pharmaceutical R&D are central nervous system (CNS) disorders, oncology and respiratory diseases for which Orion develops inhaled Easyhaler® pulmonary drugs. Orion's net sales in 2018 amounted to EUR 977 million and the company had about 3,200 employees at the end of the year. Orion's A and B shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. For more information, go to www.orion.fi/en