Olaparib approved for maintenance ovarian cancer treatment18 Aug 2017
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted regular approval to olaparib tablets for the maintenance treatment of adult patients with recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer, who are in a complete or partial response to platinum-based chemotherapy.
With the addition of the new indication, a tablet formulation of olaparib is introduced.
In 2014, FDA had approved olaparib capsules for the treatment of patients with deleterious or suspected deleterious germline BRCA-mutated advanced ovarian cancer who have been treated with three or more prior lines of chemotherapy.
The FDA also approved olaparib tablets for this indication. Olaparib tablets and capsules are not interchangeable.
The approval in the maintenance setting was based on two randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind, multicenter trials in patients with recurrent ovarian cancers who were in response to platinum-based therapy.
First trial: SOLO-2
SOLO-2 (NCT01874353) randomised 295 patients with recurrent germline BRCA-mutated ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer (2:1) to receive olaparib tablets 300 mg orally twice daily or placebo.
SOLO-2 demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in investigator-assessed progression-free survival (PFS) in patients randomised to olaparib compared with those who received placebo.
The estimated median PFS was 19.1 and 5.5 months in the olaparib and placebo arms, respectively.
Second trial: Study 19
Study 19 (NCT00753545) randomised 265 patients regardless of BRCA status (1:1) to receive olaparib capsules 400 mg orally twice daily or placebo.
Study 19 demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in investigator-assessed PFS in patients treated with olaparib vs. placebo.
The estimated median PFS was 8.4 months and 4.8 months in the olaparib and placebo arms, respectively.
The most common adverse reactions (occuring in 20% or more of patients) in clinical trials were anaemia, nausea, fatigue (including asthenia), vomiting, nasopharyngitis, diarrhoea, arthralgia/myalgia, dysgeusia, headache, dyspepsia, decreased appetite, constipation, and stomatitis.
The most common laboratory abnormalities (occuring in 25% or more of cases) were decrease in hemoglobin, increase in mean corpuscular volume, decrease in lymphocytes, decrease in leukocytes, decrease in absolute neutrophil count, increase in serum creatinine, and decrease in platelets.
The recommended olaparib tablet dose for both the maintenance therapy and later line treatment setting is 300 mg (two 150 mg tablets) taken orally twice daily with or without food.
Source: eCancer News