NICE recommends FOTIVDA®▼ (tivozanib) as a new, first-line treatment for advanced renal cell carcinoma
EUSA Pharma (EUSA), today announced that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a Final Appraisal Determination (FAD) recommending tivozanib as a first-line treatment option for advanced renal cell carcinoma (aRCC) in line with its licensed indication. Tivozanib was licensed by the European Commission (EC) in August 2017 and is an oral, once-daily, potent selective vascular endothelial growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor (VEGFR-TKI). VEGFR-TKIs work by reducing the supply of blood to the tumour – denying it the food and oxygen it would need to grow in size.
NICE considered data from the global, open-label, randomised, multi-centre Phase III trial (TiVO-1) which evaluated the efficacy and tolerability of tivozanib compared to a currently available comparator VEGFR-TKI (sorafenib) in the treatment of 517 patients with aRCC. Patients treated with tivozanib experienced superior progression-fre survival (PFS) (11.9 vs. 9.1 months in the overall population and 12.7 vs. 9.1 months in treatment naïve patients) versus sorafenib.3 There was also an improved side effect profile with tivozanib, with only 14% (versus 43% with sorafenib) requiring a dose reduction due to adverse events (AEs).3 In addition, fewer people on tivozanib experienced burdensome side effects, such as diarrhoea (23% vs 33%), and hand-foot syndrome (14% vs 54%).fea
Around 12 people in the UK die every day of kidney cancer, with more than 40% of cases in England diagnosed at a late (advanced) stage.
Patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (aRCC) who may benefit from treatment with tivozanib will be able to access it from today as the final guidance is published, and should be able to have immediate access through the CDF.
Lee Morley, EUSA Pharma’s Chief Executive Officer commented “Fotivda has the potential to become an important new first-line therapy and the recommendation by NICE is a great achievement for the EUSA team delivering on their mission to improve the lives of those patients suffering from cancer.”
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