Positive results for Lynparza in prostate cancer trial

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AstraZeneca and MSD have announced positive results from the Phase III PROfound trial of Lynparza (olaparib) in men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) who have a *homologous recombination repair gene mutation (HRRm) and have progressed on prior treatment with new hormonal anticancer treatments (for example enzalutamide and abiraterone).

Results from the trial showed a statistically-significant and clinically-meaningful improvement in the primary endpoint of radiographic progression-free survival (rPFS) with Lynparza vs. enzalutamide or abiraterone in men with mCRPC selected for BRCA1/2 or ATM gene mutations, a subpopulation of HRR gene mutations. The safety and tolerability profile of Lynparza was generally consistent with previous trials.

José Baselga, Executive Vice President, Oncology R&D, said: “For men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer the disease remains deadly, especially in those who have failed on a new hormonal anticancer treatment.

“This trial is the only positive Phase III trial of any PARP inhibitor in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, where the need for new, effective therapies is high. The PROfound trial also demonstrates the potential value of genomic testing in this at-risk patient population.”

Roy Baynes, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Clinical Development, Chief Medical Officer, MSD Research Laboratories, said: “These results represent the potential for a new, oral targeted treatment option for this patient population.”

AstraZeneca and MSD plan to present the full data from the trial at a forthcoming medical meeting. The companies are also exploring additional trials in prostate cancer, including the ongoing Phase III PROpel trial, testing Lynparza as a 1st-line therapy in mCRPC, in combination with abiraterone.