Faslodex gets EU nod for advanced breast cancer

The European Commission (EC) has approved a new indication for AstraZeneca’s Faslodex (fulvestrant) in combination with a CDK4/6 inhibitor, palbociclib, for the treatment of hormone receptor-positive (HR+), human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative (HER2-) locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer in women who have received prior endocrine therapy.

The EU approval is based on data from the Phase III PALOMA-3 trial, which showed a statistically significant increase in investigator-assessed median PFS of 4.9 months (9.5 months vs 4.6 months) in patients who received fulvestrant 500 mg and palbociclib 125 mg over fulvestrant and placebo (HR: 0·46; 95% CI: 0·36–0·59; p<0·0001).
 
David Fredrickson, Executive Vice President, Head of the Oncology Business Unit at AstraZeneca, said: “For many years fulvestrant has been used as an effective monotherapy treatment for women with hormone receptor positive breast cancer. The first EU approval of fulvestrant for use in combination with a CDK4/6 inhibitor reinforces the value of fulvestrant as an endocrine agent of choice for advanced breast cancer patients, building on the EU first-line monotherapy approval earlier this year with FALCON.”