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Puma Biotechnology Announces U.S. FDA Acceptance of New Drug Application for PB272 (Neratinib) for Extended Adjuvant Treatment of HER2-Positive Early Stage Breast Cancer

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 5:01 am PDT
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LOS ANGELES

"The FDA acceptance of our NDA is an important regulatory milestone"

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Puma Biotechnology, Inc. (NYSE: PBYI), a biopharmaceutical company, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for review the New Drug Application (NDA) for its lead product candidate PB272 (neratinib) for the extended adjuvant treatment of patients with early stage HER2-overexpressed/amplified breast cancer who have received prior adjuvant trastuzumab (Herceptin®)-based therapy.

“The FDA acceptance of our NDA is an important regulatory milestone,” said Alan H. Auerbach, Chief Executive Officer and President of Puma. “Although the use of trastuzumab in the adjuvant setting has led to a reduction in disease recurrence in patients with early stage HER2-positive breast cancer, there remains an unmet clinical need to further reduce the risk of recurrence and improve outcome following trastuzumab therapy. We believe that neratinib may be able to provide this type of improvement to further help patients with this disease. We look forward to working with the FDA during their review of this submission.”

The submission is supported by the results of the ExteNET Phase III study, in which treatment with neratinib resulted in a 33% reduction of risk of invasive disease recurrence or death versus placebo (hazard ratio = 0.67, p = 0.009). The 2-year invasive disease free survival (DFS) rate for the neratinib arm was 93.9% and the 2-year invasive DFS rate for the placebo arm was 91.6%. For the pre-defined subgroup of patients with hormone receptor positive disease, the results of the trial demonstrated that treatment with neratinib resulted in a 49% reduction of risk of invasive disease recurrence or death versus placebo (hazard ratio = 0.51, p = 0.001). For the patients with hormone receptor positive disease, the 2-year invasive DFS rate for the neratinib arm was 95.4% and the 2-year invasive DFS rate for the placebo arm was 91.2%.

Results of the study were published online in The Lancet Oncology on February 10, 2016.

The most frequently observed adverse event for the neratinib-treated patients was diarrhea, with approximately 39.9% of the neratinib-treated patients experiencing grade 3 or higher diarrhea (1 patient (0.1%) had grade 4 diarrhea). Patients who received neratinib in the ExteNET trial did not receive any prophylaxis with antidiarrheal agents to prevent the neratinib-related diarrhea. In patients with HER2-positive early stage breast cancer who have previously been treated with adjuvant trastuzumab and received anti-diarrheal prophylaxis with loperamide, interim results of a Phase II study of neratinib monotherapy demonstrated that treatment with prophylactic loperamide reduced the rate of grade 3 or higher diarrhea to between 13.0% and 18.5%.
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Source: press release, 9/20/16. http://investor.pumabiotechnology.com/press-release/puma-biotechnology-a...

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Puma Biotechnology Submits New Drug Application for PB272 (Neratinib) to U.S. FDA for Extended Adjuvant Treatment of HER2-Positive Early Stage Breast Cancer

Thursday, July 21, 2016 1:11 pm PDT

"We are very pleased to announce this important regulatory milestone"

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Puma Biotechnology, Inc. (NYSE: PBYI), a biopharmaceutical company, has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its lead product candidate PB272 (neratinib) for the extended adjuvant treatment of patients with early stage HER2-overexpressed/amplified breast cancer who have received prior adjuvant trastuzumab (Herceptin®)-based therapy.

“We are very pleased to announce this important regulatory milestone,” said Alan H. Auerbach, Chief Executive Officer and President of Puma. “Although the use of trastuzumab in the adjuvant setting has led to a reduction in disease recurrence in patients with early stage HER2-positive breast cancer, there remains an unmet clinical need to further reduce the risk of recurrence and improve outcome following trastuzumab therapy. We believe that neratinib may be able to provide this type of improvement to further help patients with this disease. We look forward to working with the FDA during their review of this submission.”

The submission is supported by the results of the ExteNET Phase III study, in which treatment with neratinib resulted in a 33% reduction of risk of invasive disease recurrence or death versus placebo (hazard ratio = 0.67, p = 0.009). The 2-year invasive disease free survival (DFS) rate for the neratinib arm was 93.9% and the 2-year invasive DFS rate for the placebo arm was 91.6%. For the pre-defined subgroup of patients with hormone receptor positive disease, the results of the trial demonstrated that treatment with neratinib resulted in a 49% reduction of risk of invasive disease recurrence or death versus placebo (hazard ratio = 0.51, p = 0.001). For the patients with hormone receptor positive disease, the 2-year invasive DFS rate for the neratinib arm was 95.4% and the 2-year invasive DFS rate for the placebo arm was 91.2%.

Results of the study were published online in The Lancet Oncology on February 10, 2016.

The most frequently observed adverse event for the neratinib-treated patients was diarrhea, with approximately 39.9% of the neratinib-treated patients experiencing grade 3 or higher diarrhea (1 patient (0.1%) had grade 4 diarrhea). Patients who received neratinib in the ExteNET trial did not receive any prophylaxis with antidiarrheal agents to prevent the neratinib-related diarrhea. In patients with HER2-positive early stage breast cancer who have previously been treated with adjuvant trastuzumab and received anti-diarrheal prophylaxis with loperamide, interim results of a Phase II study of neratinib monotherapy demonstrated that treatment with prophylactic loperamide reduced the rate of grade 3 or higher diarrhea to between 13.0% and 18.5%.
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Source: press release, 7/21/16. http://investor.pumabiotechnology.com/press-release/puma-biotechnology-s...

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Compound/DeviceSpecialtyIndicationCompound ClassTarget
Neratinib (PB-272) Breast cancer HER-2 positiveOncologyBreast Cancer HER-2 positiveHER-2 receptor inhibitorHER-2 receptor

Mechanism of action: Neratinib (PB-272) is an orally available, 6,7-disubstituted-4-anilinoquinoline-3-carbonitrile irreversible inhibitor of the HER-2 receptor tyrosine kinase with potential antineoplastic activity. Neratinib binds to the HER-2 receptor irreversibly, thereby reducing autophosphorylation in cells, apparently by targeting a cysteine residue in the ATP-binding pocket of the receptor. Treatment of cells with this agent results in inhibition of downstream signal transduction events and cell cycle regulatory pathways; arrest at the G1-S (Gap 1/DNA synthesis)-phase transition of the cell division cycle; and ultimately decreased cellular proliferation. Neratinib also inhibits the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) kinase and the proliferation of EGFR-dependent cells.

Phase of Development: Filed

Event Type: Regulatory FDA: PDUFA DATE

Dates: 2017-07-20

Results: Pending