Sanofi and Regeneron provide regulatory update on Libtayo® (cemiplimab-rwlc) in advanced cervical cancer
Sanofi and Regeneron provide regulatory update on Libtayo® (cemiplimab-rwlc) in advanced cervical cancer
January 28, 2022
Sanofi and Regeneron today announced the voluntary withdrawal of the supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for Libtayo® (cemiplimab-rwlc) as a second-line treatment for patients with advanced cervical cancer. The decision was made after the companies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were not able to align on certain post-marketing studies. Discussions with regulatory authorities outside of the U.S. are ongoing.
About Cervical Cancer
It is estimated that approximately 570,000 people are diagnosed with cervical cancer worldwide each year, with deaths exceeding 250,000. In the U.S. there are 14,500 new cases diagnosed annually and approximately 4,000 die each year. Since we filed our sBLA, another PD-1 inhibitor was approved as first-line treatment for patients with persistent, recurrent or metastatic cervical tumors that express PD-L1. The use of Libtayo in advanced cervical cancer is not approved by the FDA.
Libtayo is a fully human monoclonal antibody targeting the immune checkpoint receptor PD-1 on T-cells. By binding to PD-1, Libtayo has been shown to block cancer cells from using the PD-1 pathway to suppress T-cell activation. Libtayo is indicated in certain patients with advanced basal cell carcinoma (BCC), advanced cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (CSCC), and advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
The extensive clinical program for Libtayo is focused on difficult-to-treat cancers. Libtayo is currently being investigated in trials as a monotherapy, as well as in combination with either conventional or novel therapeutic approaches for other solid tumors and blood cancers. These potential uses are investigational, and their safety and efficacy have not been evaluated by any regulatory authority.
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