Lynparza in combination increases survival time in women with ovarian cancer

AstraZeneca and MSD announce positive results from Phase III PAOLA-1 trial in women with advanced ovarian cancer

AstraZeneca and MSD have announced positive results from the Phase III PAOLA-1 trial in women with advanced ovarian cancer.

The trial, in the 1st-line maintenance setting, compared Lynparza (olaparib) added to standard-of-care bevacizumab vs. bevacizumab alone in women with or without BRCA gene mutations.

The trial met its primary endpoint in the intent-to-treat* population with a statistically-significant and clinically-meaningful improvement in progression-free survival (PFS), increasing the time women taking Lynparza plus bevacizumab lived without disease progression or death vs. those taking bevacizumab alone.

The results, including biomarker sub-group analyses, will be presented at a forthcoming medical meeting. The safety and tolerability profiles observed in PAOLA-1 were generally consistent with those known for each medicine. PAOLA-1 is the second positive Phase III trial with Lynparza in 1st-line advanced ovarian cancer.

José Baselga, Executive Vice President, Oncology R&D, said: “The positive results from the PAOLA-1 trial demonstrate a clear potential benefit of adding Lynparza to the standard-treatment bevacizumab for women with advanced ovarian cancer.”

Eric Pujade-Lauraine, Medical Director of ARCAGY Research, said: “The PAOLA-1 trial is a positive example of the strength and promise of academia-industry collaboration in advancing science and new treatment options for patients.”

PAOLA-1 is an ENGOT (European Network of Gynaecological Oncological Trial groups) trial, sponsored by ARCAGY Research (Association de Recherche sur les CAncers dont GYnécologiques) on behalf of GINECO (Groupe d’Investigateurs National des Etudes des Cancers Ovariens et du sein).