BEERSE, Belgium--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson today announced results from the final analysis of the pivotal Phase 3 SPARTAN study demonstrating ERLEADA®▼ (apalutamide) in combination with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) significantly improved overall survival (OS), compared to ADT alone, in patients with non-metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (nmCRPC) who were at high risk of developing metastases.1 Results will be presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Virtual Scientific Programme (Abstract #5516) beginning on Friday 29th May.1
Findings from the study showed that apalutamide in combination with ADT prolonged median overall survival by 14 months and decreased the risk of death by 22 percent.1 Median OS was significantly longer, with 73.9 months for patients receiving treatment with apalutamide in combination with ADT compared to 59.9 months with patients receiving placebo in combination with ADT [HR=0.78; p=0.0161 (to reach statistical significance, a p-value of p<0.046 needed to be observed)].1 After the study met its primary endpoint of metastasis-free survival (MFS), the SPARTAN study was unblinded and patients on placebo were allowed to crossover to apalutamide. The OS results were achieved despite a crossover of 76 randomised placebo patients (19 percent) to apalutamide treatment.1 After adjusting for the cross-over of patients in the placebo arm, the treatment effect of apalutamide plus ADT exceeded median OS compared to placebo plus ADT with a difference of 21 months between the two arms (73.9 months vs 52.8 months, respectively, HR=0.69, p=0.0002). Additionally, treatment with apalutamide in combination with ADT significantly delayed patients’ time to cytotoxic chemotherapy compared to placebo in combination with ADT (HR=0.63; p=0.0002).1
“Treatment for patients with non-metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer is primarily focused on delay of metastases and improvement of overall survival,” said Eric Small, M.D., FASCO, Professor of Medicine, and Chief Scientific Officer at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California, San Francisco, and lead SPARTAN study investigator. “The final analysis of SPARTAN includes long-term data for each of these treatment parameters and helps to support the earlier use of apalutamide versus ADT alone.”
Together with data from the primary analysis, the SPARTAN study has met all primary, secondary and exploratory endpoints. The primary endpoint of the study was MFS; the secondary endpoints were time to metastasis, progression-free survival (PFS), time to symptomatic progression, OS and time to initiation of cytotoxic chemotherapy; and the exploratory endpoints were second progression-free survival (PFS2), PSA responses and risk of PSA progression.1,2
“Our driving commitment to delay the onset of metastases and add years to life for prostate cancer patients has taken a significant step forward with today’s data,” said Dr Joaquín Casariego, M.D., Janssen Therapeutic Area Lead Oncology for Europe, Middle East & Africa, Janssen-Cilag S.A. “The SPARTAN trial has successfully demonstrated that apalutamide improved overall survival by an average of 14 months, reinforcing the need to treat earlier in prostate cancer for the benefit of patients and their families. At Janssen, our vision is to pioneer new approaches to treating cancer by thinking differently about diagnosis and looking towards intercepting the disease before it can even take a hold.”
Median treatment duration was nearly three times longer for patients treated with apalutamide plus ADT (33 months) compared with those treated with placebo plus ADT (12 months).1 Grade 3/4 treatment-emergent adverse events of special interest were rash (5.2 percent), fractures (4.9 percent), falls (2.7 percent), ischemic heart disease (2.6 percent), hypothyroidism (0 percent) and seizures (0 percent). Safety and tolerability of apalutamide is consistent and as reported previously.1,3
Initial results from the SPARTAN trial were presented at the 2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (ASCO GU) and simultaneously published in The New England Journal of Medicine.2,4 The study met its primary endpoint of MFS demonstrating a median MFS of more than two years (difference of 24.31 months) and a 72 percent reduction in risk of distant metastasis in patients with nmCRPC.4 OS data were not mature at the time of the final MFS analysis (24 percent of the required number of events). Updated results were presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Annual Congress in 2019 and were simultaneously published in Annals of Oncology.5,6
About the SPARTAN Study
SPARTAN (NCT01946204) is a Phase 3, randomised, registrational, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre study that evaluated ERLEADA® (apalutamide) in combination with ADT in men with nmCRPC with a rapidly rising PSA (PSA Doubling Time ≤10 months).2,7 The SPARTAN study enrolled 1,207 patients who were randomised 2:1 to receive either apalutamide orally at a dose of 240 mg once daily in combination with ADT (n=806) or placebo once daily in combination with ADT (n=401).4
About Non-Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer
Non-metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (nmCRPC) refers to a disease stage in which the cancer no longer responds to treatments that lower testosterone but has not yet been discovered in other parts of the body using a total body bone scan and/or CT/MRI scan.8 Features include: lack of detectable metastatic disease using conventional radiographic imaging and rapidly rising PSA while on ADT with serum testosterone level below 50 ng/dL.9,10 Ninety percent of patients with nmCRPC will eventually develop metastases, which can lead to pain, fractures and other symptoms.11 The relative five-year survival rate for patients diagnosed with a distant-stage prostate cancer is 31 percent.12 It is critical to delay the development of metastasis in patients with nmCRPC.
ERLEADA® (apalutamide) is an androgen receptor (AR) inhibitor indicated for use in Europe for the treatment of adult men with non-metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (nmCRPC) who are at high risk of developing metastatic disease and in adult men for the treatment of metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer (mHSPC) in combination with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT).7 In the U.S. apalutamide is indicated for the treatment of nmCRPC and mHSPC.13
Warnings and Precautions include ischemic heart disease, fractures, falls and seizure.2,3 In the SPARTAN study, the most common adverse reactions (≥10 percent) were fatigue, hypertension, rash, diarrhoea, nausea, weight decreased, arthralgia, falls, hot flush, decreased appetite, fracture and peripheral edema.1,4
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