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European Commission has approved CAR T cell therapy Breyanzi for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma, and follicular lymphoma grade 3B


The European Commission ( EC ) has granted marketing authorization for Breyanzi ( Lisocabtagene maraleucel; Liso-cel ), a CD19-directed chimeric antigen receptor ( CAR ) T cell immunotherapy, for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory ( R/R ) diffuse large B-cell lymphoma ( DLBCL ), primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma ( PMBCL ), and follicular lymphoma grade 3B ( FL3B ) after two or more lines of systemic therapy.

Breyanzi is delivered as a personalized treatment via a single infusion. Breyanzi has demonstrated sustained complete responses in a high proportion of patients with R/R large B-cell lymphoma ( LBCL ) and a manageable and differentiated safety profile.

DLBCL is an aggressive blood disease accounting for one out of every three non-Hodgkin lymphoma ( NHL ) cases diagnosed, making it the most common form of NHL.
More than two-thirds of patients with DLBCL will not respond to or will relapse following second-line treatment and, historically, response rates for these patients are low with complete response rates ranging from 2% to 15%.
Despite recent treatment advancements, new options offering long-term clinical benefits are still needed.

The marketing authorization is based on results from the TRANSCEND NHL 001 study evaluating Breyanzi in adult patients with R/R DLBCL, PMBCL and FL3B, including those with a broad range of histologies and high-risk disease.
In 216 patients treated with Breyanzi and evaluable for efficacy, 73% of patients achieved a response ( 95% CI: 67%-78.5% ), including 53% who had minimal or no detectable lymphoma remaining following treatment ( complete response [ CR ]; 95% CI: 47%-60% ).
Median duration of response was 20.2 months in all responders ( 95% CI: 8 – NR ), and for patients who achieved a CR, median duration of response was 26.1 months ( 95% CI: 23 – NR ).

The safety of Breyanzi is based on pooled data from 314 patients with R/R LBCL treated with Breyanzi within a dose range of 44 to 120 x 106 CAR+ viable T cells across four studies ( TRANSCEND NHL 001, TRANSCEND WORLD, PLATFORM and OUTREACH ).
Any grade cytokine release syndrome ( CRS ) occurred in 39% of patients, 3% of whom experienced grade 3 or 4 CRS. The median time to onset was five days ( range: 1 to 14 days ) and the median duration was five days ( range: 1 to 17 days ).
Neurologic toxicities ( NT ) occurred in 26% of patients receiving Breyanzi, including grade 3 or 4 in 10% of patients. The median time to onset of the first NT event was nine days ( range: 1 to 66 days ); 99% of all NT occurred within the first eight weeks following Breyanzi infusion. The median duration of NT was 10 days ( range: 1 to 84 days ).

The most common grade more than 3 adverse reactions were neutropenia, anemia, thrombocytopenia, leukopenia, infection with an unspecified pathogen and febrile neutropenia. ( Xagena )

Source: BMS, 2022

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