FDA accelerates approval for Roche’s Tecentriq

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted accelerated approval to Roche’s bladder cancer therapy Tecentriq® (atezolizumab).

The approval for the drug is for the treatment of people with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma (mUC) who have disease progression during or following platinum-based chemotherapy, or whose disease has worsened within 12 months of receiving platinum-based chemotherapy before or after surgery.

The FDA’s Accelerated Approval Program allows conditional approval of a medicine that fills an unmet medical need for a serious condition, based on early evidence suggesting clinical benefit. The indication for Tecentriq is approved under accelerated approval based on tumour response rate and duration of response.

Urothelial carcinoma accounts for 90% of all bladder cancers and can also be found in the renal pelvis, ureter and urethra.

Roche is also evaluating Tecentriq in a confirmatory phase III study (IMvigor 211), which compares Tecentriq to chemotherapy in people whose bladder cancer has progressed on at least one prior platinum-containing regimen.