Imfinzi improves overall survival in lung cancer trial

AstraZeneca and MedImmune, its global biologics research and development arm, have announced positive overall survival (OS) results for the Phase III PACIFIC trial, a randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled, multi-centre trial of Imfinzi (durvalumab) in patients with unresectable Stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose disease had not progressed following platinum-based chemotherapy concurrent with radiation therapy (CRT).

A planned interim analysis conducted by an Independent Data Monitoring Committee concluded that the trial has met its second of two primary endpoints by showing statistically-significant OS benefit with clinically-meaningful improvement in patients receiving Imfinzi compared to placebo. The safety and tolerability profile for Imfinzi was consistent with that reported at the time of the progression-free survival (PFS) analysis.

In May 2017, AstraZeneca announced that the PACIFIC trial met its first primary endpoint of PFS by demonstrating a median improvement of 11.2 months vs. placebo, as assessed by blinded independent central review.

Sean Bohen, Executive Vice President, Global Medicines Development and Chief Medical Officer at AstraZeneca, said: “The readout of positive overall survival data at the interim analysis of the PACIFIC trial provides additional compelling evidence of the clinical benefit that Imfinzi can offer patients in this earlier stage of lung cancer.”