New Data Show Benefit of Tagrisso in Patients with EGFR-mutated Non-small Cell Lung Cancer and Central Nervous System Metastases

Phase III FLAURA trial demonstrates 52% risk reduction of CNS
disease progression or death in patients treated with Tagrisso
(osimertinib) compared to current standard-of-care EGFR-TKIs*

CAMBRIDGE, England–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AstraZeneca today presented new data from a subgroup analysis of the
Phase III FLAURA trial, which explored osimertinib as 1st-line therapy
in patients with locally advanced or metastatic epidermal growth factor
receptor (EGFR) mutation-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
Results presented at the ESMO Asia 2017 Congress in Singapore showed
that patients with central nervous system (CNS) metastases at baseline
had a higher objective response rate with their brain metastasis and
suggest a lower risk of CNS progression when treated with osimertinib, a
third-generation, irreversible EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI),
versus current standard-of-care EGFR-TKIs (erlotinib or gefitinib)
[Abstract LBA5].1

The analysis included patients with ≥1 measurable and/or non-measurable
CNS lesion present on baseline scan (as assessed by blinded independent
central review), accounting for 23% of the total FLAURA patient
population (128 of 556 patients; 61 patients enrolled in the osimertinib
arm and 67 patients in the comparator arm).1 In this
pre-specified subgroup analysis, osimertinib demonstrated a nominally
statistically significant improvement in CNS progression-free survival
(PFS) compared with current standard of care, reducing the risk of CNS
disease progression or death by more than half (hazard ratio 0.48; 95%
confidence interval [CI] 0.26-0.86; nominal p=0.014).1 In
addition, fewer patients in the osimertinib arm experienced disease
progression due to the development of new CNS lesions, compared with
patients in the comparator arm (12% vs. 30%).1 The CNS
objective response rate (a measurement of tumour shrinkage) was also
higher in patients treated with osimertinib at 66% vs. 43% for patients
in the comparator arm (odds ratio 2.5; 95% CI 1.2, 5.2; p=0.011).1

The FLAURA safety data for osimertinib were in line with those
observed in prior clinical trials.1,2 Osimertinib was
well tolerated, with less frequent Grade 3 or higher adverse events
(AEs) than with standard EGFR-TKIs (34% vs. 45%). In patients treated
with osimertinib, the most common AEs were diarrhoea (58% [2% Grade ≥3])
and dry skin (32% [<1% Grade ≥3]), and in the comparator arm group, the most common AEs were diarrhoea (57% [3% Grade ≥3]) and dermatitis acneiform (48% [5% Grade ≥3]).2

Dr. Johan Vansteenkiste, Respiratory Oncologist at the University
Hospital KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, said: “CNS metastases, including
brain metastases, are a common and very disabling complication of
advanced EGFR mutation-positive NSCLC. They are notoriously difficult to
treat, as existing oral therapies are often unable to effectively cross
the blood-brain barrier. The CNS efficacy results for osimertinib in the
FLAURA trial suggest improved clinical outcomes in an area of great
unmet medical need.”

Sean Bohen, Executive Vice President, Global Medicines Development and
Chief Medical Officer at AstraZeneca, said: “Osimertinib represents the
next generation of targeted therapies in EGFR mutation-positive NSCLC,
and its CNS activity has been demonstrated in the AURA3, BLOOM and
FLAURA trials. This subgroup analysis of FLAURA further supports data
presented earlier this year in demonstrating the consistent benefit of
osimertinib when used as a 1st-line therapy, irrespective of the
presence of CNS metastases at study entry.”

Full results of the FLAURA trial were published online today in the New
England Journal of Medicine


Risk reduction was nominally statistically significant

– ENDS –


Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer
death among both men and women, accounting for about one-quarter of all
cancer deaths, more than breast, prostate and colorectal cancers
combined.3 Approximately 10-15% of patients in the US and
Europe, and 30-40% of patients in Asia have EGFR mutation-positive
(EGFRm) NSCLC.4,5,6 These patients are particularly sensitive
to treatment with currently available EGFR-TKIs, which block the
cell-signaling pathways that drive the growth of tumour cells.7
However, tumours almost always develop resistance to EGFR-TKI treatment
leading to disease progression.8 Approximately half of
patients develop resistance to approved EGFR-TKIs such as gefitinib and
erlotinib due to the resistance mutation, EGFR T790M. Osimertinib also
targets this secondary mutation that leads to disease progression.8,9
There is also a need for medicines with improved CNS efficacy, since
approximately 25% of patients with EGFR-mutated NSCLC have brain
metastases at diagnosis, increasing to approximately 40% within two
years of diagnosis.10

About Tagrisso
Tagrisso (osimertinib) is
a third-generation, irreversible EGFR-TKI designed to inhibit both
EGFR-sensitising and EGFR T790M-resistance mutations, with clinical
activity against CNS metastases.11 Osimertinib 40mg
and 80mg once-daily oral tablets have been approved in more than 60
countries, including the US, EU, Japan and China, for patients with EGFR
T790M mutation-positive advanced NSCLC. Osimertinib is also
being investigated in the adjuvant setting and in combination with other

The FLAURA trial assessed the efficacy and
safety of osimertinib 80mg once daily vs. standard-of-care
EGFR-TKIs (either erlotinib [150mg orally, once daily] or gefitinib
[250mg orally, once daily]) in previously untreated patients with
locally advanced or metastatic EGFR-mutated NSCLC.2 The trial
was a double-blinded, randomised study, with 556 patients across 29

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information relating to the approval status and labels of approved
products may vary from country to country, and a country-specific press
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AstraZeneca conducts business. Osimertinib is not yet licensed for the
1st-line treatment of EGFRm NSCLC anywhere in the world.


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Vs. Standard-of-Care EGFR-TKI as First-Line Treatment in Patients with
EGFRm Advanced NSCLC: FLAURA. Presented at the European Society of
Medical Oncology (ESMO) Asia 2017 Congress, 17-19 November 2017,

2 Ramalingam S, et al. Osimertinib vs SoC EGFR-TKI as
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Presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2017
Congress, 8-12 September 2017, Madrid, Spain.

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9 Wu SG, et al. The Mechanism of Acquired Resistance
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