The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for panitumumab, a fully humanized monoclonal anti-EGFR antibody, as a first-line therapy for patients with RAS wild-type metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC).

The drug is approved as a monotherapy after treatment with oxaliplatin, fluoropyrimidine, and irinotecan-containing chemotherapy, or in combination with FOLFOX.

The FDA granted full approval for panitumumab as treatment for patients with wild-type KRAS mCRC based on evidence from the phase 3 PRIME ( Identifier: NCT00364013) and ASPECCT ( Identifier: NCT01001377) trials.

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Data from a retrospective analysis of the PRIME study and the prospective, pre-defined analyses from the Phase 3 ‘0007 ( Identifier: NCT01412957) study led to approval of a refined indication for RAS wild-type mCRC.

The ‘0007 study compared the efficacy of panitumumab with best supportive care (BSC) with BSC alone in patients with chemorefractory, KRAS wild-type mCRC.

The secondary endpoint of the study demonstrated that patients with wild-type RAS (exons 2, 3, and 4 of KRAS and NRAS) mCRC treated with panitumumab and BSC resulted in a statistically significant prolongation in overall survival (OS) of 10 months vs 6.9 months among patients treated with BSC alone (hazard ratio [HR], 0.70; 95% CI, 0.53-0.93; P = .0135).

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The FDA also approved a next generation sequencing (NGS) test that detects the RAS mutation status of patient tumor samples.

Adverse effects occurring among more than 20% of patients receiving panitumumab monotherapy included skin rash, paronychia, fatigue, nausea, and diarrhea.


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