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Seattle Genetics Achieves $30 Million Milestone Payment for European Commission Approval of ADCETRIS® (Brentuximab Vedotin) in Frontline Hodgkin Lymphoma
February 11, 2019 at 8:00 AM EST
“Receipt of this milestone payment reflects continued progress by our
partner Takeda to expand ADCETRIS approved indications globally,” said
The marketing authorization for ADCETRIS is based on positive results
from the ECHELON-1 phase 3 clinical trial that were presented in the
Plenary Scientific Session at the 59th
For more information about the
About Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma
Lymphoma is a general term for a group of cancers that originate in the lymphatic system. There are two major categories of lymphoma: Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Classical Hodgkin lymphoma is distinguished from other types of lymphoma by the presence of one characteristic type of cell, known as the Reed-Sternberg cell. The Reed-Sternberg cell expresses CD30.
According to the
About ADCETRIS (brentuximab vedotin)
ADCETRIS is being evaluated broadly in more than 70 clinical trials in CD30-expressing lymphomas. These include three completed phase 3 trials: ECHELON-2 in frontline peripheral T-cell lymphomas, ECHELON-1 in previously untreated Hodgkin lymphoma, and ALCANZA in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. The phase 3 CHECKMATE 812 trial of ADCETRIS in combination with Opdivo (nivolumab) for relapsed/refractory Hodgkin lymphoma is ongoing.
ADCETRIS is an ADC comprising an anti-CD30 monoclonal antibody attached by a protease-cleavable linker to a microtubule disrupting agent, monomethyl auristatin E (MMAE), utilizing Seattle Genetics’ proprietary technology. The ADC employs a linker system that is designed to be stable in the bloodstream but to release MMAE upon internalization into CD30-expressing tumor cells.
ADCETRIS for injection for intravenous infusion has received
ADCETRIS received conditional marketing authorization from the
ADCETRIS has received marketing authorization by regulatory authorities in 72 countries for relapsed or refractory Hodgkin lymphoma and sALCL. See select important safety information, including Boxed Warning, below.
ADCETRIS (brentuximab vedotin) Important Safety Information
BOXED WARNING: PROGRESSIVE MULTIFOCAL LEUKOENCEPHALOPATHY (PML):
JC virus infection resulting in PML and death can occur in ADCETRIS-treated patients.
ADCETRIS concomitant with bleomycin due to pulmonary toxicity (e.g., interstitial infiltration and/or inflammation).
Warnings and Precautions
Most Common (≥20% in any study) Adverse Reactions: Peripheral neuropathy, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, neutropenia, upper respiratory tract infection, pyrexia, constipation, vomiting, alopecia, decreased weight, abdominal pain, anemia, stomatitis, lymphopenia and mucositis.
Concomitant use of strong CYP3A4 inhibitors or inducers has the potential to affect the exposure to monomethyl auristatin E (MMAE).
Use in Specific Populations
Moderate or severe hepatic impairment or severe renal impairment: MMAE exposure and adverse reactions are increased. Avoid use.
Advise males with female sexual partners of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during ADCETRIS treatment and for at least 6 months after the final dose of ADCETRIS.
Advise patients to report pregnancy immediately and avoid breastfeeding while receiving ADCETRIS.
Certain of the statements made in this press release are forward
looking, such as those, among others, relating to the potential benefit
and use of ADCETRIS (brentuximab vedotin), the goal of establishing
ADCETRIS as the global foundation of care for CD30-expressing lymphomas
and the anticipated payment of a milestone payment by Takeda. Actual
results or developments may differ materially from those projected or
implied in these forward-looking statements due to factors such as
utilization and adoption of the approved treatment regimen by
prescribing physicians, competitive conditions including the
availability of alternative treatment regimens, the availability and
extent of reimbursement, the risk of adverse events, adverse regulatory
action and unanticipated delays or other obstacles preventing the timely
receipt of Takeda’s collaboration payments. More information about the
risks and uncertainties faced by