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Onyx Pharmaceuticals Announces Positive Top-Line Carfilzomib Data From Phase 2b Study
Date:7/26/2010

or only six to 10 months.(i) The single-agent activity with durable disease control and favorable tolerability observed in this study indicate that carfilzomib has the potential to alter the natural course of this deadly disease."

"Carfilzomib has the potential to be an important therapy in multiple myeloma and exemplifies the Onyx vision to build a leading oncology company by developing innovative targeted therapies," said N. Anthony Coles, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Onyx Pharmaceuticals. "We are committed to bringing this promising treatment to patients as quickly as possible by pursuing an accelerated approval pathway in the U.S., while simultaneously moving forward with two Phase 3 studies. The first study, ASPIRE, is designed to support full carfilzomib registration in the U.S. in earlier-stage patients who have relapsed following initial lines of therapy, and the second study is designed to support approval in relapsed and refractory patients in Europe."

Trial Design

The 003-A1 study was an open-label, single-arm Phase 2b trial. The trial evaluated 266 heavily-pretreated patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma whose disease was refractory to their last treatment regimen and who had received at least two prior therapies, including bortezomib, either thalidomide or lenalidomide, an alkylating agent, glucocorticoids and an anthracycline. Refractory disease was defined as < 25% response or progression during therapy or within 60 days after completion of therapy.(ii) Patients enrolled in the 003-A1 trial had received a median of five prior therapeutic regimens, corresponding to a median of 13 anti-myeloma agents. Patients received carfilzomib at 20mg/m2 for the first cycle followed by 27mg/m2 thereafter for up to 12 cycles. Patients who completed the 12 cyc
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