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Amgen Oncology Data to be Presented at ASCO Annual Meeting

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) today announced that data from studies involving nine Amgen products will be presented at the 2011 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, June 3 - 7, 2011 in Chicago.  These studies include data from the XGEVA® (denosumab), Vectibix® (panitumumab), ganitumab (AMG 479) and AMG 386 programs.

"Amgen researchers around the globe are passionate about developing new and innovative therapies for patients with cancer," said Sean Harper, M.D., Amgen senior vice president, global development and corporate chief medical officer. "The data that will be presented at this year's ASCO meeting further define the clinical profile of XGEVA in cancer patients with bone metastases from solid tumors and of Vectibix in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer, as well as provide important insights into the benefit-risk profiles of several of our pipeline molecules."

Abstracts are available on the ASCO website at SELECTED XGEVA ABSTRACTS

  • Effect of denosumab vs. zoledronic acid in patients with castrate-resistant prostate cancer and bone metastases: Subgroup analyses by prior SRE and baseline pain

  • (Abstract 4533)  Poster Discussion on Saturday, June 4, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., E450a

  • Prevalence of recognized bone metastases in the U.S. adult population

  • (Abstract 1534) Poster on Saturday, June 4, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Hall A

  • Denosumab safety and efficacy in giant cell tumor of bone (GCTB): Interim results from a phase II study

  • (Abstract 10034) Poster on Sunday, June 5, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Hall A

  • Effects of denosumab on pain reduction in giant cell tumor of bone (GCTB): interim phase II study results

  • (Abstract 10037) Poster on Sunday, June 5, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Hall A

  • A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multicenter phase III study comparing denosumab with placebo as adjuvant treatment for women with early-stage breast cancer who are at high risk of disease recurrence (D-CARE)

  • (Abstract TPS152) Poster on Monday, June 6, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Hall A

  • A single-arm multicenter proof-of-concept study of denosumab to treat hypercalcemia of malignancy in patients who are refractory to IV bisphosphonates

  • (Abstract TPS245) Poster on Monday, June 6, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Hall ASELECTED VECTIBIX ABSTRACTS

  • Final results from PRIME: Randomized phase III study of panitumumab (pmab) with FOLFOX4 for first-line metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC)

  • (Abstract 3510) Oral Presentation on Saturday, June 4, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Hall D1

  • Randomized phase III study of panitumumab (pmab) with FOLFOX4 compared with FOLFOX4 alone as first-line treatment (tx) for metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC): Results by Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status (PS)

  • (Abstract 3567) Poster on Saturday, June 4, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Hall A

  • Evaluating the relationship between progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) in clinical trials of patients (pts) with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC)

  • (Abstract 3617) Poster on Saturday, June 4, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Hall A

  • Evaluation of panitumumab (pmab) plus fluorouracil, leucovorin and irinotecan (FOLFIRI) after first-line bevacizumab (bev) in patients (pts) with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC): A subgroup analysis of study 181

  • (Abstract 3574) Poster on Saturday, June 4, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Hall A

  • The relationship between quality of life (QOL) and tumor response in patients (pts) with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) receiving panitumumab (pmab) plus FOLFIRI as first-line therapy: An analysis of study 314

  • (Abstract 3634) Poster on Saturday, June 4, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Hall A

  • Evaluation of gene mutations beyond KRAS as predictive biomarkers of response to panitumumab in a randomized, phase III monotherapy study of metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC)

  • (Abstract 3530) Poster Discussion on Monday, June 6, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., E450bSELECTED ARANESP® (darbepoetin alfa) ABSTRACTS

  • Survival effect of darbepoetin alfa in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) treated with immunochemotherapy: The LNH03-6B study

  • (Investigator Sponsored Abstract 9048) Saturday, June 4, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Hall A SELECTED PIPELINE ABSTRACTS

  • A randomized, phase Ib/II trial of rilotumumab (AMG 102; ril) or ganitumab (AMG 479; gan) with panitumumab (pmab) versus pmab alone in patients (pts) with wild-type (WT) KRAS metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC): Primary and biomarker analyses

  • (Abstract 3500) Oral Presentation on Saturday, June 4, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Hall D1

  • Effect of baseline (BL) biomarkers on overall survival (OS) in metastatic pancreatic cancer (mPC) patients (pts) with ganitumab (GAN, AMG 479) or placebo (P) in combination with gemcitabine (G)

  • (Abstract 4041) Poster on Saturday, June 4, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Hall A

  • Exposure-response (E-R) analysis to facilitate phase III dose selection for ganitumab (GAN, AMG 479) in combination with gemcitabine (G) to treat metastatic pancreatic cancer (mPC)

  • (Abstract 4049) Poster on Saturday, June 4, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Hall A

  • A randomized, placebo-controlled phase II study of AMG 386 plus bevacizumab (Bev) and paclitaxel (P) or AMG 386 plus P as first-line therapy in patients (pts) with HER2-negative, locally recurrent or metastatic breast cancer (LR/MBC)

  • (Abstract 544) Poster on Monday, June 6, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Hall A

  • An international, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind phase III study (MONET1) of motesanib plus carboplatin/paclitaxel (C/P) in patients with advanced nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)

  • (Abstract LBA7512) Poster Discussion on Monday, June 6, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., E450aFor the latest updates on Amgen's presence at ASCO and other Amgen news, follow us on Twitter @Amgen.About XGEVAXGEVA is the first and only RANK Ligand inhibitor approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that is indicated for the prevention of skeletal-related events (SREs) in patients with bone metastases from solid tumors. XGEVA is not indicated for the prevention of SREs in patients with multiple myeloma. XGEVA is the first novel bone metastases treatment for patients with advanced cancer in nearly a decade. Delivered as an every four week 120 mg subcutaneous injection, XGEVA provides a unique option for urologists and oncologists to prevent SREs in patients with advanced cancer.

    XGEVA is a fully human monoclonal antibody that binds to RANK Ligand, a protein essential for the formation, function and survival of osteoclasts (the cells that break down bone). XGEVA prevents RANK Ligand from activating its receptor, RANK, on the surface of osteoclasts, thereby decreasing bone destruction.

    The clinical program for XGEVA spanned more than 50 tumor types in more than 5,700 patients. In clinical trials, XGEVA demonstrated a clinically meaningful improvement compared to the previous standard of care in preventing bone complications. XGEVA is also being investigated for the potential use to delay the onset of bone metastasis in advanced prostate cancer and adjuvant breast cancer.

    Amgen has submitted marketing applications for XGEVA in the European Union, Australia, Canada and Switzerland. In Japan, Amgen is working with its licensing partner, Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited and a marketing application was submitted.

    For more information on XGEVA, please visit

    Denosumab is also marketed as Prolia® in other indications.

    Important U.S. XGEVA Product Safety InformationXGEVA can cause severe hypocalcemia. Correct pre-existing hypocalcemia prior to XGEVA treatment.  Monitor calcium levels and administer calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D as necessary. Advise patients to contact a healthcare professional for symptoms of hypocalcemia.

    Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) can occur in patients receiving XGEVA. Patients who are suspected of having or who develop ONJ while on XGEVA should receive care by a dentist or an oral surgeon. In these patients, extensive dental surgery to treat ONJ may exacerbate the condition.

    The most common adverse reactions in patients receiving XGEVA were fatigue/asthenia, hypophosphatemia, and nausea. The most common serious adverse reaction in patients receiving XGEVA was dyspnea. The most common adverse reactions resulting in discontinuation of XGEVA were osteonecrosis and hypocalcemia. Please visit for full prescribing information.

    About VectibixVectibix is the first fully human anti-EGFR antibody approved by the FDA for the treatment of mCRC. Vectibix was approved in the U.S. in September 2006 as a monotherapy for the treatment of patients with EGFR-expressing mCRC after disease progression on or following fluoropyrimidine-, oxaliplatin-, and irinotecan-containing chemotherapy regimens.

    The effectiveness of Vectibix as a single agent for the treatment of EGFR-expressing mCRC is based on progression-free survival. Currently no data are available that demonstrate an improvement in disease-related symptoms or increased survival with Vectibix.

    Retrospective subset analyses of mCRC trials have not shown a treatment benefit for Vectibix in patients whose tumors had KRAS mutations in codon 12 or 13. Use of Vectibix is not recommended for the treatment of colorectal cancer with these mutations.

    In December 2007, the European Medicine Agency (EMA) granted a conditional marketing authorization for Vectibix as a monotherapy for the treatment of patients with EGFR-expressing mCRC with non-mutated (wild-type) KRAS after failure of fluoropyrimidine-, oxaliplatin-, and irinotecan-containing chemotherapy regimens. Vectibix has been launched in more than 30 European Union countries, Russia, Israel, Switzerland, Australia, Canada and Japan.

    Applications in the rest of the world are pending.

    Important U.S. Vectibix Product Safety InformationWARNING: DERMATOLOGIC TOXICITY and INFUSION REACTIONSDermatologic Toxicity: Dermatologic toxicities occurred in 89 percent of patients and were severe (NCI-CTC grade 3 or higher) in 12 percent of patients receiving Vectibix monotherapy. [See Dosage and Administration (2.1), Warnings and Precautions (5.1), and Adverse Reactions (6.1)].Infusion Reactions: Severe infusion reactions occurred in approximately 1 percent of patients. Fatal infusion reactions occurred in postmarketing experience [See Dosage and Administration (2.1), Warnings and Precautions (5.2), and Adverse Reactions (6.1, 6.3)].The most common adverse events of Vectibix are skin rash with variable presentations, hypomagnesemia, paronychia, fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea, and diarrhea, including diarrhea resulting in dehydration.

    Important European Vectibix Product Safety InformationFor full prescribing information please see the Summary of Product Characteristics.

    Vectibix is indicated as monotherapy for the treatment of patients with EGFR-expressing, metastatic colorectal carcinoma (mCRC) with nonmutated (wild-type) KRAS after failure of fluoropyrimidine-, oxaliplatin-, and irinotecan-containing chemotherapy regimens.

    Vectibix is contraindicated in patients with a history of severe or life-threatening hypersensitivity reactions to the product and in patients with interstitial pneumonitis or pulmonary fibrosis.

    Other common adverse events of special importance associated with Vectibix and/or EGFR monoclonal antibody therapies include dermatologic-related reactions, pulmonary complications, electrolyte disturbances and infusion-related reactions (including rare reports with fatal outcome). These events should be monitored carefully, see Summary of Product Characteristics for information on appropriate management of these adverse events. Acute renal failure has been observed in patients who develop severe diarrhoea and dehydration.

    Vectibix should not be used in combination with IFL [bolus 5-fluorouracil (500 mg/m2), leucovorin (20 mg/m2) and irinotecan (125 mg/m2)] or in combination with bevacizumab containing chemotherapy.

    Vectibix should not be administered in combination with oxaliplatin-containing chemotherapy to mCRC patients with mutant KRAS tumours or for whom KRAS tumour status is unknown.

    About AranespAranesp was approved by the FDA in 2001 for the treatment of anemia associated with chronic renal failure (CRF) for patients on dialysis and patients not on dialysis. The European Commission granted marketing authorization for the same indication in 2001 and subsequently updated it for CRF patients with symptomatic anemia in 2008.

    In 2002, the FDA approved Aranesp for the treatment of anemia caused by concomitantly administered chemotherapy in patients with nonmyeloid malignancies.

    The European Commission authorized the treatment of anemia caused by concomitantly administered chemotherapy in patients with non-haematological malignancies in 2002 and extended it to include non-myeloid malignancies in patients receiving chemotherapy in 2003.

    Important U.S. Aranesp Product Safety InformationAranesp is indicated for the treatment of anemia due to the effect of concomitantly administered chemotherapy based on studies that have shown a reduction in the need for red blood cell transfusions in patients with metastatic, non-myeloid malignancies. Studies to determine whether Aranesp increases mortality or decreases progression-free/recurrence-free survival are ongoing.

  • Aranesp is not indicated for use in patients receiving hormonal agents, therapeutic biologic products, or radiotherapy unless receiving concomitant myelosuppressive chemotherapy.
  • Aranesp is not indicated for patients receiving myelosuppressive therapy when the anticipated outcome is cure due to the absence of studies that adequately characterize the impact of Aranesp on progression-free and overall survival.
  • Aranesp use has not been demonstrated in controlled clinical trials to improve symptoms of anemia, quality of life, fatigue, or patient well-being.


  • ESAs shortened overall survival and/or increased the risk of tumor progression or recurrence in some clinical studies in patients with breast, non-small cell lung, head and neck, lymphoid, and cervical cancers.
  • To decrease these risks, as well as the risk of serious cardio- and thrombovascular events, use the lowest dose needed to avoid red blood cell transfusion.
  • Because of these risks, prescribers and hospitals must enroll in and comply with the ESA APPRISE Oncology Program to prescribe and/or dispense Aranesp, EPOGEN® or PROCRIT® to patients with cancer. To enroll in the ESA APPRISE Oncology Program, visit or call 1-866-284-8089 for further assistance.
  • Use ESAs only for treatment of anemia due to concomitant myelosuppressive chemotherapy.
  • ESAs are not indicated for patients receiving myelosuppressive therapy when the anticipated outcome is cure.
  • Discontinue following the completion of a chemotherapy course.
  • ESAs are contraindicated in patients with uncontrolled hypertension.

  • Important European Aranesp Product Safety InformationFor full prescribing information please see the Summary of Product Characteristics.

    Aranesp is indicated for treatment of symptomatic anaemia in adult cancer patients with non-myeloid malignancies receiving chemotherapy.

    Aranesp is contraindicated in patients with poorly controlled hypertension.

    Controlled clinical trials have not shown significant benefits attributable to the administration of epoetins when haemoglobin concentration is increased beyond the level necessary to control symptoms of anaemia and to avoid blood transfusion.

    In controlled clinical studies, use of Aranesp and other ESAs have shown:

  • shortened time to tumour progression in patients with advanced head and neck cancer receiving radiation therapy when administered to target Hb > 14 g/dL; ESAs are not indicated for use in this patient population
  • shortened overall survival and increased deaths attributed to disease progression at 4 months in patients with metastatic breast cancer receiving chemotherapy when administered to target Hb 12-14 g/dL
  • increased risk of death when administered to target Hb of 12 g/dl (7.5 mmol/l) in patients with active malignant disease receiving neither chemotherapy nor radiation therapy; ESAs are not indicated for use in this patient population.

  • In some clinical situations blood transfusion should be the preferred treatment for the management of anaemia in patients with cancer. The decision to administer recombinant erythropoietins should be based on a benefit-risk assessment with the participation of the individual patient, which should take into account the specific clinical context. Factors that should be considered in this assessment should include the type of tumour and its stage; the degree of anaemia; life-expectancy; the environment in which the patient is being treated; and patient preference.

    In patients with solid tumours or lymphoproliferative malignancies, if Hb >12 g/dL, the dose should be reduced/held to minimise the potential risk of thromboembolic events.

    Discontinue use after the end of chemotherapy.

    About AmgenAmgen discovers, develops, manufactures, and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science's promise by bringing safe, effective medicines from lab to manufacturing plant to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, bone disease, and other serious illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people's lives. To learn more about our pioneering science and vital medicines, visit

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