FDA Approves Atezolizumab Combination

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FDA Approves Atezolizumab in Combination

Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approvedatezolizumab (Tecentriq®), in combination with Avastin® (bevacizumab), paclitaxel and carboplatin (chemotherapy), for the initial (first-line) treatment of people with metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with no EGFR or ALK genomic tumor aberrations.

“This Tecentriq regimen has demonstrated a significant survival benefit in the initial treatment of metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer,” said Sandra Horning, M.D., chief medical officer and head of Global Product Development. “Today’s approval supports our combination approach for Tecentriq in lung cancer and our vision to develop medicines that improve outcomes for patients with this complex disease.”

This approval is based on results from the Phase III IMpower150 study, which showed that Tecentriq in combination with Avastin and chemotherapy helped people live significantly longer compared to Avastin and chemotherapy (median overall survival [OS] = 19.2 versus 14.7 months; hazard ratio [HR] = 0.78; 95 percent CI: 0.64-0.96; p=0.016) in the intention-to-treat wild-type (ITT-WT) population. The safety profile of the Tecentriq combination was consistent with that observed in previous studies.

Genentech is working with the FDA on postmarketing commitments (PMCs) to better understand and characterize the potential effects of Tecentriq-related anti-drug antibodies (ADAs) and neutralizing antibodies (NAbs) across all of our studies. An analysis of ADAs in the IMpower150 study showed no impact on the efficacy of Tecentriq.

Tecentriq is also approved by the FDA to treat people with metastatic NSCLC who have disease progression during or following platinum-containing chemotherapy, and have progressed on an appropriate FDA-approved targeted therapy if their tumor has EGFR or ALK genetic alterations.

For those who qualify, Genentech offers patient assistance programs for people taking Tecentriq through Genentech Access Solutions. Doctors can contact Genentech Access Solutions at (866) 422-2377.

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